Having lived in central New Mexico for over thirty years, John Geissman immediately fell in love with the Karoo Basin of South Africa when he first visited for field geologic research in 2011. The history of this part of southern Africa, adjacent to the cradle of civilization, is remarkable, with a course altered by the Dutch founding of Cape Town in 1652. Geissman explores the geography, scenery, culture, and geology of the Karoo Basin, with an eye toward enticing you to visit!

John Geissman is a professor emeritus of geoscience at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of New Mexico. He received a BS, MS, and PhD in Geology (now Earth and Environmental Sciences) from the University of Michigan. He is a Past President of the Geological Society of America as well as the editor for the GSA Bulletin. He has over 300 peer-reviewed science journal contributions.