Tag Archives: Karoo

Aerial survey of proposed uranium mining sites in the Central Karoo

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Objective of the flight: 

To investigate the potential sites of mining; to see the drainage patterns of the mining areas; to document the extent of exploration drilling; to investigate potential conflicts between agriculture and mining; to identify such sites which show signs of shallow groundwater upwelling; to obtain visuals for our education work with local communities.

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Fracking in the Karoo

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Objective of the flight:

To investigate potential sites of groundwater upwelling along the many dolerite dykes in the area. Such upwelling can often be best seen from the air, due to subtle soil colour and vegetation changes. It would be important to identify such sites to show the risk of shallow groundwater pollution from the proposed hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the Karoo. Further geological field research could be better targeted. We also hope to get impressive images for SAFCEI’s education work with local communities regarding the risks of shale gas developments.

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Donkey survey in Northern Namaqualand

Objective of the flight:

To inform Conservation South Africa (CSA) of the population numbers, density, and location of feral and domestic donkeys and horses on the 208339.66 ha Succulent Karoo section of Steinkopf.

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