Geologic mapping project of area A, Igayaza Isingiro district, western Uganda.
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The field mapping exercise was done in Area A , Igayaza village, Kabingo sub-county, Isingiro district in South-western Uganda. The area studied is part of the Karagwe-Ankolean System. The mapping project was completed by compiling the detailed report of the findings in the field, including the laboratory results of the tests carried out on rock samples. The main objective of this study was to enable students acquire skills in geological mapping and apply these skills in future prospective petroleum exploration, learn how to use different field equipment and tools such as GPS, compass, tape measure, hammer , execute a geological field mapping program/ exercise then gather relevant field data and interpret field data collected. We were able to make observations on outcrops, take measurements on structures and also record all this in our filed notebooks. Description of lithology, metamorphism, structures as well as taking measurements on these structures was done successfully and the data recorded in note books. This data was later analyzed using different techniques such as laboratory petrographic tests as well as interpreting the structural data using stereo-nets and rose-nets not forgetting the use of Arc GIS to digitize the map. In doing so we were able to integrate knowledge from different fields of geology such as stratigraphy, structural geology, metamorphic petrology, etc. Therefore practical application of the knowledge learnt from classroom was to the full satisfaction of our expectations achieved. In addition it is now clear that that the geology of the Karagwe-Ankolean system which needless to say is one of the major rock systems in Uganda is now very much familiar. It was also found out that the rocks of the Karagwe-Ankolean system had been metamorphosed to various degrees, the degree of metamorphism said to be increasing towards the arena.