The Geological Succession in South Africa 1


EVERY year our knowledge of the geological succession in South Africa becomes more extended as a result of the labours of the Geological Commission of the the Geological Survey of the Trans-vaal and the lost of private workers who contribute to the Transection of the Geological Society of South Africa. The newly published Report of the Cape Com-mission for the year 1906. and the Transactions of the Geological Society for the period January to June of this year, are full of interesting matter. The Cape surveyors have been working in Bechuanaland and Griqualand West, and have thus come into close contact with the work of the Transvaal geologists; for although the operations of the official Survey of the Transvaal have as yet been confined to the Pretoria and Middelburg districts, the Marico district and the neighbourhood of Mafeking have been explored by unofficial geologists in the employ of big land companies. Pioneer wok of this nature, although un-sanctified by official publication, is not to be contemned, since in many cases it is done, under conditions of considerable difficulty, by enthusiastic geologists and keen observers whose labours have often laid the foundation for the detailed work of the Government surveyors.

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