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Dr Andrew Edward Moore

Dr Andrew Edward Moore

Senior Research Fellow

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Since 2009 I have been appointed Vice President (Exploration) (Diamonds) of African Queen Mines Ltd., listed on the Canadian Venture Exchange (TSX-V, AQ), with responsibility for the design and management of the company’s diamond exploration programmes in Botswana and Namibia and technical support for the company’s gold projects in Kenya and Ghana. Subsequent to 2015, African Queen Mines activities have been restricted to north America.

In Botswana, I am a director of Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration (KKME), which holds two Prospecting Licences over the Molopo Farms Complex (MFC), which is a layered igneous intrusion related to the Bushveld.  KKME is investigating the inferred feeder zone of the MFC for possible Voisey Bay style nickel deposits.

Professional qualifications

BSc (University of Cape Town, 1967)
BSc (Hons.) (University of Cape Town, 1968)
MBA (University of Cape Town, 1987)
PhD (University of Cape Town, 1979)

Honours and awards

  • Geological Society of Zimbabwe – A.E. Phaup Award (2006)
  • Geological Society of Zimbabwe – A.E. Phaup Award (2009)
  • Geological Society of Zimbabwe – A.E. Phaup Award (2015)
  • Geological Society of South Africa – Jubilee medal (2015)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Geological Society of South Africa
  • Research Associate, Dept. of Geology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff, Wales, UK

My published peer reviewed scientific papers cover a range of topics. A long-term, and ongoing interest, is focused on the mineralogy and geochemistry of kimberlites and related rocks, and application to evaluating the economic potential of kimberlites.

Diamond prospecting experiences in the Kalahari environment of central Botswana, and access to unpublished exploration data, subsequently resulted in a shift in research focus, and formed the basis for investigations into the mode of deposition of the Kalahari Formation, and the implications for kimberlite prospecting in areas blanketed by this unit - which extends from the Orange River in South Africa to Zaire in the north.

This study in turn led to a more general interest in the influence of plate tectonic processes on drainage and landscape evolution in southern Africa, and implications for dispersion of kimberlite minerals away from the primary source rocks.

A related interest was the formulation of criteria for distinguishing between primary and secondary kimberlite pathfinder mineral anomalies, and potential application for generating kimberlite exploration targets.

A feasibility study of the economic potential of diamondiferous gravels near Somabula in central Zimbabwe, carried out by Somabula Explorations in a joint venture with Trans Hex, led to the recognition of the importance of the Permian (Dwyka) glaciation in the formation of alluvial diamond deposits in southern Africa.

A separate long-term interest has been the link between landscape evolution and floral and faunal distribution and evolution.

Some of this research may be considered to run counter to more conventional scientific viewpoints.