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Dr Andy Moore

Andy Moore

Pr. Nat. Sci.

Research Associate, Dept of Geology, Rhodes University
Vice-President (Exploration, Diamonds), African Queen Mines Ltd. (TSX-V: AQ)

MBA, Ph.D., B.Sc. (Hons), B.Sc. University of Cape Town (RSA)


Kimberlite petrology and mineralogy; Links between continental tectonics, alkaline volcanism and landscape development in southern Africa; Influence of landscape and drainage evolution on plant and animal evolution and distribution.


  • 1980- present: Diamond Exploration in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Madagascar and South Africa. Established and managed two private diamond exploration companies (AMPAL (Pty.) Ltd. in Botswana and Somabula Explorations in Zimbabwe).
  • 1971-1979: Lecturer, University of the Western Cape


  • Andy Moore and Woody Cotterill (2009).  Mosi-oa-tunya – the smoke that thunders. In: Piotr Mignon (ed.) Geomorphological Landscapes of the World. Springer Verlag (Germany). (Contribution by invitation, in press)
  • Andy Moore, Thomas Blenkinsop and Fenton (Woody) Cotterill (2009). Is plume-sustained topography in southern Africa sustainable? Terra Nova 21, 310-315, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2009.00887x.
  • Andy Moore (2009). Type II diamonds: Flamboyant megacrysts. South African Journal of Geology, 112, 23-38, doi: 10.2113/gssajg.112.1.23
  • Andy Moore, Fenton (Woody) Cotterill, Tim Broderick and Darrel Plowes (2009). Landscape evolution in Zimbabwe from the Permian to present, with implications for kimberlite prospecting. South African Journal of Geology, 112, 65-88, doi: 10.2113/gssajg.112.1.65
  • Andy Moore (2008). Comments on the paper “Megacryst suites from the Lekkerfontein and Uintjiesberg kimberlites, southern Africa: evidence for a non-cognate origin”. South African Journal of Geology 111, 462-464.
  • Andy Moore, Tom Blenkinsop and Fenton (Woody) Cotterill (2008). Controls on post-Gondwana alkaline volcanism in southern Africa. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 268: 151-164 .
  • Andy E. Moore, Fenton P.D. (Woody) Cotterill, Mike P.L. Main and Hugh B. Williams (2007). The Zambezi River. In: Avijit Gupta (ed.) Large Rivers. Geomorphology and Management, Wiley, 311-332.
  • Moore, Andy and Moore, John (2006). A glacial ancestry for the diamondiferous gravels at Somabula, central Zimbabwe. South African Journal of Geology, 109, 625-636.
  • Moore, Andy (2006). Retyping Acacia Veld and Flora, June 2006, 72-73.
  • Andy Moore and Tom Blenkinsop (2006). Scarp retreat vs pinned drainage divide in the formation of the Drakensberg escarpment, southern Africa. South African Journal of Geology 109: 599-610.
  • Moore, AE and Belousova, E. (2005). Crystallization of the Cr-rich and Cr-poor megacryst suites from the same (host kimberlite) magma: Implications for mantle structure and the generation of kimberlite magmas. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 149, 462-481.
  • Moore, JM and Moore, AE (2004). The roles of primary kimberlitic and secondary Dwyka glacial sources in the development of alluvial and marine diamond deposits in southern Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 38, 115-134.
  • Darrell Plowes and Andy Moore (2003). Another look at the pink Protea asymmetrica Beard. Veld and Flora, 89, 28-29.
  • Moore AE and Blenkinsop T (2002). The role of mantle plumes in the development of continental-scale drainage patterns: the Southern African example revisited. South African Journal of Geology, 105, 353-360.
  • Moore AE and Lock NP (2001). The origin of mantle-derived megacrysts and sheared peridotites – evidence from kimberlites in northern Lesotho - Orange Free State, South Africa and Botswana pipe clusters. South African Journal of Geology, 104, 23-38.
  • Moore AE and Larkin PL (2001). Drainage evolution in south-central Africa since the break-up of Gondwana. South African Journal of Geology, 104, 47-68.
  • Moore AE and Attwell CAM (1999). Geological controls on the distribution of woody vegetation in the central Kalahari, Botswana. South African Journal of Geology, 102, 350-362.
  • Moore AE (1999). A reappraisal of epeirogenic flexure axes in southern Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 102, 363-376.
  • Moore AE and Dingle R (1998). Evidence for fluvial sediment transport of Kalahari sands in central Botswana. South African Journal of Geology, 101, 143-153.
  • Moore AE (1988). Olivine: a monitor of magma evolutionary paths in kimberlites and olivine melilitites. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 99, 238-248.



  • Andy Moore (1995). The glitter of diamonds in the wilderness. Out There 1, 107-109.
  • Andy Moore (1996). Okavango Canter. Out There 6, 49-53.
  • Andy Moore and Basher Attwell (1996). Carnival of the animals. Out There 8, 76-82.

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