Talks

I have given a number of Zoom/Team talks during the pandemic that were recorded and below I provide the links for those who wish to hear the talks.

cover to Human origins book by John S. Compton published by Earthspun Books 2016

Did modern humans originate on the coastal plains of South Africa?

This talk was given to the Cape Town U3A group on the 27 May 2021 and can be heard by clicking here.

 

Talk with questions is around one hour (please note that the special book prices quoted in the talk have now expired and the book prices are as given on the order form from my website).

sandstone fynbos grows on Table Mountain Sandstone, Platteklip Gorge, Cape Town

Linking bedrock, soil and plants on the West Coast

This talk was given to the Kirstenbosch RoomToGrow Wednesday Talks on 18 August 2021 and can be heard by clicking here to the YouTube video.

 

Talk with questions is around one hour (please note that the special book prices quoted in the talk have now expired and the book prices are as given on the order form from my website).

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.

geologica cross section from the South Atlantic Ocean through to the Karoo of Southern Africa, from Compton (2004) the rocks & mountains of Cape

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.

geo tour route from Cape Town to Tankwa Karoo, passing through Paarl Rock, Bain's Kloof Pass, Michell's Pass and Ceres

Welcome to the Anthropocene: Human impacts on the West Coast

Chapter 3 of Compton's book on the West Coast discusses the Anthropocene, the impacts on the West Coast since the Industrial Revolution

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

 

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