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Museu Nacional de Geologia, Maputo, Mozambique



 

The research at the Museu Nacional de Geologia (MNG) covers different topic of Geology, Petrology, Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Paleontology. Since 2009, under the veil of Projecto PalNiassa, hundreds of Permian fossils of dicynodonts, reptiles and other vertebrates started to be unearthed from the Niassa Province (northern Mozambique). Since then, the MNG has been organizing regular annual excavation campaigns to several new fossil sites and prospecting in many other Mozambican provinces. Two-thirds of Mozambique are covered with sedimentary rocks, therefore there is an enormous potential for this institution to play a determinant role in paleontology. At the same time, it is crucial to enhance conditions to support the ongoing scientific work.

Alongside paleontological research, the MNG prospects and samples various gemstone sites from Mozambique in order to improve knowledge for potential economic exploration but also to raise awareness and prevent illegal activities. Also, the MNG aims to be a regional reference for geoconservation promoting geoturism in East and Southern Africa. Thus, the MNG has been involved in fieldtrips to do a description and inventory of the geological heritage of  Mozambique.

At this point, the MNG is investing in expanding its infrastructures for improving its outreach, education, geotourism, and geoconservation activities. In that regard in the year of 2015 the museum will inaugurate the exhibition of the Museu Geológico-Mineiro de Tete, a new branch of the museum focused on the traditional coal mining activity in the Tete province.
At the same time, a new large facility started  to be built in Marracuene (Maputo outskirts) to accommodate a fully-equipped fossil vertebrate paleontology research center with molding and casting room, acid preparation room, mechanical preparation room and collections storage.

In addition, the MNG is working with multiple international institutions to teach new scientists in order to create a strong scientific community. Particularly over the last years, the MNG has multiple students and researchers that have been accepted for internships at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Museu da Lourinhã, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Universidade do Minho, Universidade de Lisboa and many other international academic institutions.

In the long run, by building new facilities, giving formation to new scientists and discovering new fossils, the MNG aims to become a center of excellence in paleontology research.