Terrestrial heat flow in east and southern Africa

Andrew Arnold Nyblade, H. N. Pollack, D. L. Jones, F. Podmore, M. Mushayandebvu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

148 Scopus citations


26 new heat flow and 13 radiogenic heat production measurements from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania are reported together with details and some revisions of 18 previous heat flow measurements by other investigators from Kenya and Tanzania. These measurements come from Archean cratons, Proterozoic mobile belts, and Mesozoic and Cenozoic rifts. In comparing heat flow in east and southern Africa, a common heat flow pattern of increasing heat flow away from the centers of the Archean cratons is observed. This pattern suggests a fundamental difference in lithospheric thermal structure between the Archean cratons and the Proterozoic and early Paleozoic mobile belts which surround them. Superimposed on this common pattern are two regional variations in heat flow. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberB11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Palaeontology


Dive into the research topics of 'Terrestrial heat flow in east and southern Africa'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this