The Cameroon Volcanic Line

The Cameroon Volcanic Line (CVL) is a 1700 km chain of Cenozoic-recent volcanoes stretching from the island of Annobon in the Gulf of Guinea, straddling the continent-ocean boundary to mainland Africa. The CVL has a unique tecto-magmatic setting in the world involving volcanoes developed simultaneously on the ocean floor and the continental lithosphere, erupting geochemically similar lavas. This feature has attracted scientists whose goal for the past decades has been to investigate the origin of the CVL and associated magmatic processes. There is no consensus on a unique model for the origin of the CVL.

Cameroon’s geotouristic potentials are mostly found along the Cameroon Volcanic Line

Geotourism is a form of natural area tourism that specifically focuses on geology and landscape [3]. Geoheritage consists of all the significant Earth features and continuing processes that we wish to keep, sustain, conserve, manage and inteprete for their natural heritage value [4]. Meanwhile, Geodiversity is the natural range (diversity) of geological (rocks, minerals, fossils), geomorphological (landforms, topography, physical processes), soil and hydrological features. It includes their assemblages, structures, systems and contributions to landscapes [2].
In Cameroon, the geotouristic potentials are mostly found along the Cameroon Volcanic Line, commonly referred to as the CVL. The CVL is defined as a chain of intraplate volcanoes which extends from Pagalu Island in the Atlantic Ocean to Tibesti. It covers more than 1700 km in length [1], about 100 km in width [5]. The essential particuliarity of this line resides on its extention from the oceanic sector into the continental zone. On this paper, we focus on the continental zone, describing these beautiful geological landforms, their values to society, the impact of man on them, and the natural risks associated with their existence.
Keywords: Geotourism, Geoheritage, Geodiversity, Cameroon, Cameroon Volcanic Line, CVL, intraplate volcanoes.

[1] Fitton J.G. & Dunlop H.M., (1985). Earth Planet Sci. Lett. 72, pp. 273-291.
[2] Gray M. (2008). Geoscience Canada, 35, 2, 51 – 59.
[3] Newsome D. and Dowling R.K. (2010). Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers. Pg 4.
[4] Osborne R.A.L. (2000). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South wales, 122, 149 – 176.
[5] Tchoua F.M., (1974). These Doctorat d’Etat. Clermont-Ferrand, 337 pp. + Biblio + 74 figures.

Welcome to the IAPG-Cameroon Blog

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A new IAPG national section has been created in Cameroon, Africa on December 23, 2015 and Ndzishepngong Kelvin Ngwang has been appointed as coordinator. Kelvin works with the Cameroon’s Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development (MINMIDT) and is the Founder and CEO of Geo-Environmental Resource Association (GERAS).

Ndzishepngong Kelvin Ngwang

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) is a multidisciplinary, scientific platform for widening the debate on problems of Ethics applied to Geosciences. The IAPG is affiliated to the IUGS – International Union of Geological Sciences, is an International Associate Organization of the AGI – American Geosciences Institute and is an Associate Society of the GSA – Geological Society of America.
The IAPG aims to promote Geoethics values and principles through international cooperation, encouraging the involvement and debate of geoscientists, especially those belonging to less developed countries, and assuring a good coordination among these nations.
The IAPG intends to foster the dissemination of Geoethics through a dedicated website, the publication of scientific papers, the organization of meetings and sessions/symposia on Geoethics within national and international geoscientific events.
The IAPG will accomplish these objectives by:
• holding International Conferences on Geoethics;
• encouraging the establishment of both regional and specialty groups, meetings, research and field programs and publications on Geoethics;
• cooperating with national and international organizations whose aims are complementary to those of the IAPG;
• exchanging information through its members, with newsletters, publications or other suitable tools, social networks included;
• promoting the creation of working groups within universities and professional associations, for the development of Geoethics themes;
• encouraging the participation of geoscientists in the work of relevant international organizations on the basis of equal opportunities.
The achievement of the IAPG objectives will lead to the:
• increase of a research base and the strengthening of the Geoethics from the scientific point of view;
• identification of methods for its more effective application;
• reflection on the role that geoscientists can have in society and the identification of suitable forms, positions, means and actions to be adopted by them;
• growth of awareness about our responsibility, both as Geoscientists and as members of the human community
And above all to:
• the involvement of the community in the idea of a common and shared “geo-heritage”, to be considered as a cultural, educational and scientific value, as well as a social capital;
• a cultural renewal in the way we perceive and relate to our Planet;
• the sensitization towards the defense of life and the richness of the Earth, in all its forms.
NB. Are you a geoscientist? Do you love the mission of the IAPG? If yes, then register as a member of IAPG by clicking here. For those from Cameroon, after registering, send your registration details to You are also invited to submit posts related to geoethics and a brief professional summary and photo of yourself (preferably geosciences fieldwork photos) to be published on this blog.
Posted by the IAPG-Cameroon Coordinator.
Ndzishepngong Kelvin Ngwang