Currently the Geology Department has identified five focus areas for research. These include:
- The Matchless Project: Structural and Metamorphic Evolution of the Matchless Belt and associated Copper and Gold Deposits (Dr A.F. Kamona, Dr B.S. Mapani). The Matchless Project has several sub projects, that include: Petrography and microstructural studies of the gold bearing ores at Otjihase. This project has commenced with collaboration with Weatherly Mining Company Ltd, The Swedish Geological Survey and Uppsala University in Sweden. and the structural geometry of the matchless bodies within the Matchless belt. This project is currently under with a Masters student from Uppsala working with Honours students from UNAM.
- Sedimentology and hydrocarbon resources (Dr A. Wanke): Karoo basin evolution and associated Coal and Gas resources; Seismic Stratigraphy and Petroleum System Analysis of the Orange Basin (Master project by Ms V. Sibeya).
- Hydrogeology (Dr H. Wanke and Dr. B.S. Mapani): The department is quite active in the hydrogeology field, currently collaborating with several outside partners. Current projects being undertaken are: Determination of groundwater recharge and safe groundwater abstraction rates. Groundwater quality with focus on the regional nitrate and fluoride problematic. Modelling of the Naukluft Groundwater aquifers. Currently an M.Sc student from UNAM (Ms Winnie Kambinda) and another two from University of Stellenbosch (Ms Albertina Nakwafila) and University of Luasanne, Switzerland (Ms A. Buffon) respectively are working on the Naukluft project. Dr H Wanke supervises various postgraduate projects in the Cuvelai- Etosha Basin (MSc Ms Ananias, PhD Ms Hamutoko) which relate to groundwater recharge calculations and groundwater quality.
- The Mining and Environment project under the auspices of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and UNESCO/SIDA, Project Number 594. The Department is being represented by Dr B.S. Mapani and Dr A.F. Kamona.
- The fifth aspect of research is the Tectonic Study on the Damara Belt, in collaboration with the University of Florida, USA (Pofessor D. Forster); and Christian Texas University, (Prof R. Hanson); and UNAM, Geology (Dr. B.S. Mapani).
Honours Students Research
The variety of research projects associated with Honours Students each year is wide, and these projects though some may not fall under the department's research focus, are important because some are industry related. This association with industry is both needful for our honours projects and these projects go beyond focus areas. Other activities include for example regional geology studies, studies related to uranium exploration, and environmental geology studies and geology of Namibian ore deposits.