Did modern humans originate on the coastal plains of South Africa?
Linking bedrock, soil and plants on the West Coast
This talk explores the strong correlation of plant biomes to bedrock geology and soils on the West Coast. The talk covers plant ecosystems along the coast and inland to the Cape Fold Belt mountains and considers their present-day distribution, as well as how they may have varied in the recent (pre-European) and deep, geological past.
Exploring the geology of the West Coast
This talk takes you on a virtual geological field trip from the city of Cape Town to the Tankwa Karoo (red route on map below). The basement rocks of Malmesbury Group shale and Cape Granite are well exposed in the Cape Town area and the entire Cape Supergroup stack of sediment is well exposed in going from Table Mountain over Bain's Koof, Michell's Pass and the Karoopoort. The rocks are beautifully exposed in mountainous terrain of the Cape Fold Belt.
Welcome to the Anthropocene: Human impacts on the West Coast
In this talk I discuss some of the impacts people have had on the West Coast since the Industrial Revolution (arrival of the British at the Cape). The talk will focus on how human activities in the pursuit of natural resources (water, food and earth materials) have altered both the living and physical landscape. The talk is largely based on Chapter 3 of my latest book: West Coast, A Natural History