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Regional Vice President Lecturer (2015)

Roy McG. Miller

Roy McG. Miller (SEG 2015 F)

Proposed Talk Titles:

  1. The Geological Setting of Mineral Deposits in Namibia.
  2. Mineralisation Episodes in Namibia: Palaeoproterozoic to Holocene.
  3. Stages of Mineralisation in the Evolution of the Neoproterozoic Damara Orogen.
  4. Post-Collision, Shear-Zone Controlled Mineral Deposits in the Damara Orogen: Uraniferous Alaskites, Navachab Gold, Uis Tin Pegmatites.
  5. The Nature of the Occurrence of Uranium-Bearing Minerals in Damaran Uraniferous Alaskites.
  6. Elephant Country: The Mineral Deposits of the Otavi Mountainland; MVT, Polymetallic Tsumeb Type and Cretaceous-Tertiary Modification Thereof.
  7. Comparison of the Stratigraphy and Evolution of the Carbonate-Dominated Northern Platform of the Damara Orogen with the Katanga Supergroup of the Zambian Copper Belt and Implications for Mineralisation in the Northern Platform (paper in Geoscience Canada).
  8. Cupreous Pyrite, Besshi-Type Deposits of the Matchless Amphibolite Belt, a Mid-Ocean Ridge Swamped By Greywackes.
  9. The Greatest Mineral Deposit on Earth: The Fluvial and Marine Diamond Deposits of Southwestern Africa; History and Present Exploitation (this may need to be two lectures).
  10. The Mesoproterozoic Kalahari Copper Belt: Red-Bed Coppers.
  11. Evolution of the Calcrete Uranium Deposits of the Namib Desert.
  12. A Few Mineral Deposits Not Covered in the Above: Hydrothermal SN-W. Stockworks; Rare-Metal Pegmatites; Damaran Iron Ores; Damaran REE Carbonatites; Deposits in Carbonatites of End-Cretaceous and Tertiary Anorogenic Ring Complexes; Others (all these would be covered briefly in one single lecture).

Roy has worked as a geologist in Namibia for 50 years. His Ph.D. was awarded by the University of Cape Town in 1972. He joined the Geological Survey in Windhoek in 1966 and was its Director for 12 years, from 1980 to 1992. He was Technical Manager of the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia from 1992 to 1998, a period that saw the resumption of petroleum exploration in Namibia by international oil companies. He set up his own consulting practice in April 1998, and is still active in consulting and research. As Director of the Geological Survey, he served on the Diamond Board of Namibia, was a Director of the National Petroleum Corporation, and served on many geological and ministerial committees. He has been a member of the Geological Society of South Africa and the Geological Society of Namibia since 1968, a committee member of the latter up until 2003, and Patron since 2003. Roy’s geological focus has been wide, covering regional geology, stratigraphy, geochemistry and isotopes, mineralogy, economic geology, tectonics and geological processes (particularly in relation to the formation of mineral deposits), groundwater and cartography. He has mapped large parts of Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast Park and parts of southern Namibia. He supervised and coordinated mapping throughout the country by both Survey staff and university researchers from all over the world (up to 18 university projects in some years). He planned, coordinated preparation of and jointly compiled the 1983 edition of the 1:1,000,000 geological map of Namibia (reprinted in 1990) as well as the 1988 edition of the 1:500,000 geological map of the Damara Orogen (2 sheets). He initiated the series "Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia," now up to volume 17. He chaired the coordinating committees for two international geological conferences in Namibia. He has published 83 papers, 58 conference abstracts, 18 excursion guides, edited 9 books and maps, and was external examiner for several M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. In 2008 he completed the 3-volume series entitled The Geology of Namibia (1,560 p.). He has led numerous geological field excursions to all parts of Namibia—many in conjunction with international conferences. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow from 1973 to 1974 under professor HGF Winkler in Göttingen. He received the highest awards of the Geological Societies of Namibia and South Africa for his contributions to improving the understanding of Namibian and Southern African Geology, the Henno Martin Medal and the Draper Medal, respectively. In August 2014, the Geological Society of Namibia honored his 50 years of service to Namibian geology by organizing a 3-day "Roy Miller Symposium," with associated field trips led by Roy. He contributed to the Southern African Bird Atlas project and the Namibian Tree Atlas project. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Namibia Nature Foundation, an NGO committed to the preservation and sustainable development of Namibia’s natural resources for the benefit of all Namibians.

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