Metallogenesis, Tectonics & Surface Evolution of West African Craton – Senegal Conference


Date: 17 & 18 September 2015

Location: Dakar Senegal


This event highlighted the outcomes of the recently completed AMIRA International Project P934A West African Exploration Initiative Stage 2 (WAXI), together with results from other key researchers working in the region.

The conference presented a first look at a new series of Craton wide syntheses of geochemistry, geochronology, tectonics, mineralisation and landform evolution, that has been collected to support the mineral industry.
The overall aim of WAXI is to enhance the exploration potential of the West African Craton (WAC) through an integrated program of research and data gathering into its “anatomy”, and to augment the capacity of local institutions to undertake this form of work.


WAXI Conference Day 1 Thursday 17th September

Adele Seymon The value of co-operative research

Mark Jessell The West African Exploration Initiative

Mark Jessell The Geophysical Signatures of the West African Craton

David Baratoux Lessons learned from multi-scale studies of crustal K-Th distribution

Seta Naba A petrophysical database for West Africa

Alan Jones A magnetotelluric traverse across Burkina Faso and Ghana: first results

Nicolas Thebaud Lithostratigraphic correlation of the paleoproterozoic Baoulé-Mossi domain

Ousmane Wane Geochemical characterisation of paleoproterozoic plutonic rocks from the Massigui region (southern Mali): geodynamic significance

Alan Kouamelan Archean inheritance in the juvenile Paleoproterozoic (Birimian) domain of Man Rise: Geochemical and Geodynamical implications

David Baratoux The GEOLOOC on-line training system for West African geosciences

John Miller Tectonics and metallogenesis in the WAC

WAXI Conference Day 2 Friday 18th September

Luc Siebenaller Challenges and successes in building geoscience capacity in West Africa

Peter Treloar West African orogenic gold deposits: do they fit the global paradigm?

Stefano Salvi Sulphide microchemistry variations in West African gold deposits

Diomaye Yatte Comparative geochemical study of Tertiary and Quaternary lavas from Western Senegal and those of the Cap Verde Islands: geodynamic implications

Kim Hein The tectonics and mineralisation of northern Burkina Faso

Lenka Baratoux Metamorphic Evolution of the southern West African Craton

Howard Bills Geology and mineralisation of the Mako gold deposit, eastern Senegal

Dominique Chardon The 50 Ma evolution of the West African landscape

Helen McFarlane Structural analysis of the Palaeoproterozoic Sefwi greenstone belt, SW Ghana: Lower crustal exhumation under transtension during the Palaeoproterozoic Eburnean Orogeny

James Lambert Smith Palaeotectonic setting the eastern Kedougou-Kanieba Inlier, West Africa: new insights from igneous trace element geochemistry and U-Pb zircon ages

Asinne Tshibubudze Integrated strato-tectonic, U-Pb geochronology and metallogenic studies of the Oudalan-Gorouol volcano-sedimentary Belt (OGB) and the Gorom-Gorom granitoid terrane (GGGT), Burkina Faso and Niger, West Africa

Mark Jessell Wrapup