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[[Africa Groundwater Atlas Home | Africa Groundwater Atlas]] >> [[Hydrogeology by country | Hydrogeology by country]] >> Hydrogeology of Botswana
 
[[Africa Groundwater Atlas Home | Africa Groundwater Atlas]] >> [[Hydrogeology by country | Hydrogeology by country]] >> Hydrogeology of Botswana
  
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Khoisan-speaking hunter-gatherers were the original inhabitants of the grassland areas of present-day Botswana. With the introduction of cattle some 2000 years ago and the arrival of Bantu-speaking peoples, large scale pastoralism became important. In the mid-19th century, Batswana peoples took control of trade in the area, primarily with the southern Cape in present day South Africa, and border disputes between Tswana chiefs and Afrikaners began to define the borders between South Africa and contemporary Botswana. Britain annexed Tswana territories in 1885 as the Bechuanaland protectorate, allowing it to be administered from Mafeking, South Africa while resisting South African pressure to annex the territory. Botswana became an independent country in 1966 and has been noted as a stable democracy since then. 
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'''The textual information on this page was taken from a number of different sources, which are listed in the References section, below. If you have more information on the hydrogeology of Botswana, please get in touch.'''
 
 
Since independence, Botswana has seen one of the world’s fastest growing economies, dependent on mining (particularly diamonds), livestock agriculture, and tourism. Mineral industries (including gold, uranium and copper as well as diamonds) account for some 40% of government revenue. There is concern over the long term sustainability of diamond resources, and recognition of the need to diversify the economy. Tourism is sustained partly by wildlife populations, which brings a need to balance land use requirements for conservation with those for herding and mining. Similar land use pressures threaten the few remaining San people who retain their traditional hunting and gathering livelihood. Despite moderate GDP growth and political stability, Botswana has an extremely high HIV/ AIDS rate, sometimes partly attributed to high labour force mobility.
 
 
 
Botswana faces significant water resource pressures, and key environmental problems of drought and desertification. Low and seasonally variable rainfall means surface water resources are scarce. Rainfall-supported agriculture is not possible in most of the country, which is why livestock is the primary source of rural income; and why livestock grazing is a significant cause of desertification. Most of the country is dependent on groundwater for domestic (distributed rural and municipal), industrial (including mining), agricultural and energy water supplies.
 
  
  
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'''John Farr''', Botswana
 
'''John Farr''', Botswana
  
'''Dr Imogen Bellwood-Howard''', Institute of Development Studies, UK
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Bibliographic reference: Upton, K, Ó Dochartaigh, B É, Key, R and Farr J. 2016. Africa Groundwater Atlas: Hydrogeology of Botswana. British Geological Survey. Accessed [date you accessed the information]. http://earthwise.bgs.ac.uk/index.php/Hydrogeology_of_Botswana
 
 
Please cite this page as: Upton, Ó Dochartaigh, Key, Farr and Bellwood-Howard, 2018.
 
 
 
Bibliographic reference: Upton, K, Ó Dochartaigh, B É, Key, RFarr J and Bellwood-Howard, I. 2018. Africa Groundwater Atlas: Hydrogeology of Botswana. British Geological Survey. Accessed [date you accessed the information]. http://earthwise.bgs.ac.uk/index.php/Hydrogeology_of_Botswana
 
  
 
==Terms and conditions==
 
==Terms and conditions==
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{| class = "wikitable"
 
{| class = "wikitable"
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|Estimated population in 2013* || 2 011 100
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|Rural population (% of total) (2013)* || 43.1%
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|Total surface area* || 566 730 sq km
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|Agricultural land (% of total area) (2012)* || 45.7%
 
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|Capital city || Gabarone
 
|Capital city || Gabarone
 
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|Region || Southern Africa
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|Region || Southern Africa
 
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|Border countries || South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia
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|Border countries || South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia  
 
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|Total surface area* ||581,730 km<sup>2</sup>  (58,173,000 ha)
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|Annual freshwater withdrawal (2013)* || 194 million cubic metres
 
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|Total population (2015)* || 2,262,000
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|Annual freshwater withdrawal for agriculture (2013)* || 41.2%
 
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|Rural population (2015)* || 1,081,000 (48%)
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|Annual freshwater withdrawal for domestic use (2013)* || 40.1%
 
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|Urban population (2015)* ||1,181,000 (52%)
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|Annual freshwater withdrawal for industry (2013)* || 18.0%
 
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|UN Human Development Index (HDI) [highest = 1] (2014)*|| 0.6979
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|Rural population with access to improved water source (2012)* || 92.8%
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|Urban population with access to improved water source (2012)* || 99.3%
 
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<nowiki>*</nowiki> Source: [http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/data/query/index.html?lang=en FAO Aquastat]
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<nowiki>*</nowiki> Source: World Bank
  
  
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Potential evaporation is around 2000 mm/year (United Nations, 1989).
 
Potential evaporation is around 2000 mm/year (United Nations, 1989).
  
[[File:Botswana_ClimateZones.png | 375x365px |Koppen Geiger Climate Zones]][[File:Botswana_ClimatePrecip.png | 375x365px |Average Annual Precipitation]][[File:Botswana_ClimateTemp.png | 375x365px |Average Temperature]]
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These maps and graphs were developed from the CRU TS 3.21 dataset produced by the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, UK. For more information see the [[Climate | climate resource page]].
  
[[File:Botswana_pre_Monthly.png| 255x124px| Average monthly precipitation for Botswana showing minimum and maximum (light blue), 25th and 75th percentile (blue), and median (dark blue) rainfall]] [[File:Botswana_tmp_Monthly.png| 255x124px| Average monthly temperature for Botswana showing minimum and maximum (orange), 25th and 75th percentile (red), and median (black) temperature]] [[File:Botswana_pre_Qts.png | 255x124px | Quarterly precipitation over the period 1950-2012]] [[File:Botswana_pre_Mts.png|255x124px | Monthly precipitation (blue) over the period 2000-2012 compared with the long term monthly average (red)]]
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<gallery widths="375px" heights=365px mode=nolines>
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File:Botswana_ClimateZones.png |Koppen Geiger Climate Zones
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File:Botswana_ClimatePrecip.png |Average Annual Precipitation
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File:Botswana_ClimateTemp.png |Average Temperature
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</gallery>
  
More information on average rainfall and temperature for each of the climate zones in Botswana can be seen at the [[Climate of Botswana | Botswana climate page]].
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[[File:Botswana_pre_Monthly.png| 255x124px| Average monthly precipitation for Botswana showing minimum and maximum (light blue), 25th and 75th percentile (blue), and median (dark blue) rainfall]] [[File:Botswana_tmp_Monthly.png| 255x124px| Average monthly temperature for Botswana showing minimum and maximum (orange), 25th and 75th percentile (red), and median (black) temperature]] [[File:Botswana_pre_Qts.png | 255x124px | Quarterly precipitation over the period 1950-2012]] [[File:Botswana_pre_Mts.png|255x124px | Monthly precipitation (blue) over the period 2000-2012 compared with the long term monthly average (red)]]  
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These maps and graphs were developed from the CRU TS 3.21 dataset produced by the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, UK. For more information see the [[Climate | climate resource page]].
 
  
 
===Surface water===
 
===Surface water===
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| [[File:Botswana_LandCover.png | frame | Land Cover Map of Botswana, from the European Space Agency GlobCover 2.3, 2009. For more information on the map see the [[Land cover | land cover resource page]]]]
 
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===Water statistics===
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| [[File:Botswana_LandCover.png | frame | Land Cover Map of Botswana, from the European Space Agency GlobCover 2.3, 2009. For more information on the map see the [[Land cover | land cover resource page]]]]
 
 
{| class = "wikitable"
 
| || 1992 ||2000||2002||2005||2012||2014||2015
 
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|Rural population with access to safe drinking water (%) || || ||  || || || ||92.3
 
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|Urban population with access to safe drinking water (%) || || ||  || || || ||99.2
 
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|Population affected by water related disease || No data || No data || No data || No data || No data || No data || No data
 
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|Total internal renewable water resources (cubic metres/inhabitant/year) || || ||  || || ||1,061 ||
 
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|Total exploitable water resources (Million cubic metres/year) || No data || No data || No data || No data || No data || No data || No data
 
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|Freshwater withdrawal as % of total renewable water resources || ||1.585 || || || || ||
 
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|Total renewable groundwater (Million cubic metres/year) ||  || || || || ||1,700 ||
 
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|Exploitable: Regular renewable groundwater (Million cubic metres/year) || || ||  || ||1,000|| ||
 
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|Groundwater produced internally (Million cubic metres/year) || || ||  || || ||1,700||
 
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|Fresh groundwater withdrawal (primary and secondary) (Million cubic metres/year) ||||130 ||  || ||  ||||
 
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|Groundwater: entering the country (total) (Million cubic metres/year) || || ||  || || || ||
 
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|Groundwater: leaving the country to other countries (total) (Million cubic metres/year) || || ||  ||  |||| ||
 
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|Industrial water withdrawal (all water sources) (Million cubic metres/year) || || || ||38.9 || || ||
 
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| Municipal water withdrawal (all water sources) (Million cubic metres/year)  || || || ||87.8|| || ||
 
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|Agricultural water withdrawal (all water sources) (Million cubic metres/year) || ||80 || || || || ||
 
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|Irrigation water withdrawal (all water sources)<sup>1</sup> (Million cubic metres/year)< || ||29 ||  || || || ||
 
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|Irrigation water requirement (all water sources)<sup>1</sup> (Million cubic metres/year) || || ||10 || || || ||
 
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|Area of permanent crops (ha) || || ||  || || ||2,000||
 
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|Cultivated land (arable and permanent crops) (ha) || || ||  || || ||401,000 ||
 
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|Total area of country cultivated (%) || || ||  || || ||0.6893 ||
 
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|Area equipped for irrigation by groundwater (ha) ||612 || ||  || || || ||
 
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|Area equipped for irrigation by mixed surface water and groundwater (ha) || 54|| ||  || || || ||
 
 
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These statistics are sourced from [http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/main/index.stm FAO Aquastat]. They are the most recent available information in the Aquastat database. More information on the derivation and interpretation of these statistics can be seen on the FAO Aquastat website.
 
 
Further water and related statistics can be accessed at the [http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/data/query/index.html?lang=en Aquastat Main Database].
 
  
<sup>1</sup> More information on [http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/water_use_agr/index.stm irrigation water use and requirement statistics]
 
  
 
==Geology==
 
==Geology==
  
This section provides a summary of the geology of Botswana. More information is available in the [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africaGroundwaterAtlas/atlas.cfc?method=listResults&title_search=&author_search=&category_search=&country_search=BW&placeboolean=AND&singlecountry=1 Africa Groundwater Literature Archive].
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This section provides a summary of the geology of Botswana. More information is available in the [http://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/searchResults.cfm?title_search=&author_search=&category_search=&country_search=BW&placeboolean=AND&singlecountry=1 Africa Groundwater Literature Archive].
  
 
The geology maps below show a simplified version of the geology at a national scale (see the [[Geology | geology resource page]] for more details).  
 
The geology maps below show a simplified version of the geology at a national scale (see the [[Geology | geology resource page]] for more details).  
  
[https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/downloadGIS.html '''Download a GIS shapefile of the Botswana geology and hydrogeology map'''].
 
  
[[File:Botswana_UnconsolidatedGeology2.png | 350 px | left| thumb| Unconsolidated (superficial) geology of Botswana at 1:5 million scale. Based on map described by Persits et al. 2002 / Furon and Lombard 1964. For more information on the dataset used to develop the map see the [[Geology | geology resource page]]. [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/downloadGIS.html Download a GIS shapefile of the Botswana geology and hydrogeology map].]]
 
  
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[[File:Botswana_UnconsolidatedGeology.png | 350 px | left| thumb| Unconsolidated geology of Botswana at 1:5 million scale. For more information on the dataset used to develop the map see the [[Geology | geology resource page]]]]
  
  [[File:Botswana_Geology3.png |500 px | center| thumb| Bedrock Geology of Botswana at 1:5 million scale. Based on map described by Persits et al. 2002 / Furon and Lombard 1964. For more information on how the map was developed see the [[Geology | geology resource page]]. [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/downloadGIS.html Download a GIS shapefile of the Botswana geology and hydrogeology map].]]
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  [[File:Botswana_Geology2.png |500 px | center| thumb| Geology of Botswana at 1:5 million scale. Developed from USGS map (Persits et al., 2002). For more information on how the map was developed see the [[Geology | geology resource page]]]]
  
  
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'''Summary'''
 
'''Summary'''
  
Much of Botswana is covered by unconsolidated sediments of Tertiary to Quaternary age, related to the Kalahari Desert, and known as the Kalahari Formation. These overlie older consolidated rocks, and are shown on the separate map of unconsolidated geology, above.
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Much of Botswana is covered by unconsolidated sediments of Tertiary to Quaternary age, related to the Kalahari Desert, and known as the Kalahari system.  
  
The pre-Kalahari geology of the country includes sedimentary rocks - largely sandstones - of Karoo type, sometimes capped by Karoo (Jurassic age) volcanic rocks; and large areas of Precambrian rocks. The Precambrian rocks are divided into Neoarchaean and Proterozoic sedimentary basins, which are also sometimes capped with volcanic rocks, dolomites, and basement-type crystalline rocks.  
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The pre-Kalahari geology of the country includes sedimentary rocks - largely sandstones - of Karoo type, sometimes capped by volcanic rocks; and large areas of Precambrian rocks. The Precambrian rocks are divided into sedimentary basins, which are also sometimes capped with volcanic rocks, dolomites, and basement-type crystalline rocks.  
  
 
Extensive tectonic activity in different eras has affected the structure of all the geological units in Botswana, with more recent uplift of ancient erosion surfaces to form the current high plateau topgraphy superimposed on ancient regional structural trends. Deep weathering also affects many of the geological units.  
 
Extensive tectonic activity in different eras has affected the structure of all the geological units in Botswana, with more recent uplift of ancient erosion surfaces to form the current high plateau topgraphy superimposed on ancient regional structural trends. Deep weathering also affects many of the geological units.  
  
The country is rich in mineral resources, including coal, diamonds, salt, and metals such as nickel and copper.  
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The country is rich in mineral resources, including coal, diamonds, and metals such as nickel and copper.  
  
  
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|Kalahari
 
|Kalahari
 
||Tertiary to Quaternary
 
||Tertiary to Quaternary
||Predominantly terrestrial sediments that vary in thickness from 10 to at least 150 m (Farr et al., 1981), and over 400 m in the Okavango Basin (Jones, 2010). These include a lower Tertiary sequence of fluvial and lacustrine deposits, and an upper Quaternary sequence dominated by aeolian sands (Jones, 2010). Lithologies also include calcretised sands, calcretes, silcretes and marls (Farr et al., 1981). The upper Kalahari sands cover much of Botswana, and are generally up to 50 m thick.  
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||Predominantly terrestrial deposits that vary in thickness from 10 to st least 150 m (Farr et al., 1981), and over 400 m in the Okavango Basin (Jones, 2010). Includes a Tertiary lower sequence of fluvial and lacustrine deposits, and a Quaternary upper sequence dominated by of aeolian sands (Jones, 2010). Lithologies also include calcretised sands, calcretes, silcretes and marls (Farr et al., 1981). The upper Kalahari sands cover much of Botswana, up to 50 m thick generally.  
  
 
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!colspan="4"|Karoo Supergroup
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!colspan="4"|Karoo  
 
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|Karoo Supergroup - uncovered
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|Karoo sedimentary rocks - uncovered
 
||Late Carboniferous to Jurassic
 
||Late Carboniferous to Jurassic
||The Karoo Supergroup comprises a predominantly terrestrial, arenaceous sedimentary sequence, partially capped by volcanic basaltic lavas (Farr et al., 1981). The maximum thickness of the Karoo Supergroup in Botswana is unknown, but is thought to be of the order of 1000-1200 m in the axial regions of the Central basin and parts of the South-west basin (Farr et al., 1981). From oldest to youngest, the main units are the Dwyka Group; the Ecca Group; the Beaufort Group; the Mosolotsane Formation; the Ntane Sandstone; and the Stormberg Basalts. Parts of the Karoo Supergroup have been subject to deep weathering (Jones, 2010).  
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||The Karoo system comprises a predominantly terrestrial, arenaceous sedimentary sequence, partially capped by volcanic basaltic lavas (Farr et al., 1981). The maximum thickness of Karoo rocks in Botswana is unknown, but is thought to be of the order of 1000 to 1200 m in the axial regions of the Central basin and parts of the South-west basin (Farr et al., 1981). From oldest to youngest, the main units are the Dwyka; the Ecca Group; the Beaufort; the Red Beds; the Cave Sandstone; and the Stormberg Basalts. Parts of the Karoo system have been subject to deep weathering (Jones, 2010).  
  
The Dwyka Group consists largely of tillites, shales and siltstones associated with glacial and glaciofluvial deposition (Farr et al., 1981).  
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The Dwyka group consists largely of tillites, shales and siltstones associated with glacial and glaciofluvial deposition (Farr et al., 1981).  
  
The Ecca Group passes upwards from siltstones to, successively, coarse-grained arkosic sandstones, finer-grained sandstones, shales, coals, and argillaceous siltstones and mudstones. Basal conglomerate units also occur where middle Ecca Group strata lie directly on pre-Karoo basement. Impure limestones are sometimes (but rarely) recorded. Finer-grained sandstones passing into shaley sandstones and sandy shales and siltstones are often interbedded with the coarser units (Farr et al., 1981).  
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The Ecca group passes upwards from siltstones to, successively, coarse-grained arkosic sandstones, finer-grained sandstones, shales, coals, and argillaceous siltstones and mudstones. Basal conglomerate units also occur where middle Ecca strata lie directly on pre-Karoo basement. Impure limestones are recorded rarely. Finer-grained sandstones passing into shaley sandstones and sandy shales and siltstones are often interbedded with the coarser units (Farr et al., 1981).  
  
The Beaufort Group has little coals or carbonaceous matter, but has conglomerates with calcareous concretions, and mudstones and siltstones with calcareous cement (Farr et al., 1981).
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The Beaufort group has little coals or carbonaceous matter, but has conglomerates with calcareous concretions, and mudstones and siltstones with calcareous cement (Farr et al., 1981).
  
The Mosolotsane Formation consist of a sequence of mudstones and siltstones, red shales, marls and fine-grained calcareous sandstones.  
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The Red Beds consist of a sequence of mudstones and siltstones, red shales, marls and fine-grained calcareous sandstones.  
  
The Ntane Sandstone is the most widespread unit of the Karoo Supergroup in Botswana, comprising largely aeolian sandstones, usually massive, and often loosely cemented. The sandstones are mostly fine grained, sometimes almost siltstone grade, but includes extensive coarse-grained horizons. They include non-aeolian silt beds, calcareous concretions and thin limestones and chert nodular horizons (Farr et al., 1981).  
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The Cave Sandstone is the most widespread Karoo unit in Botswana, comprising largely aeolian sandstones, usually massive, and often loosely cemented. The sandstones are mostly fine grained, sometimes almost siltstone grade, but includes extensive coarse-grained horizons. They include non-aeolian silt beds, calcareous concretions and thin limestones and chert nodular horizons (Farr et al., 1981).  
  
The youngest unit of the Karoo Supergroup in Botswana comprises volcanic rocks of the Stormberg Basalts. Much of the older Karoo sequence is covered by these relatively flat-lying plateau basalts, formed of lava flows that vary in thickness from less than one metre to several tens of metres. The junctions of individual lava flows are often marked by fracturing. Tuffs are rare and impersistent, but occur near the base of the basalts, along with minor intercalations of Ntane Sandstone and, higher in the sequence, occasional thin intraformational sandstones, siltstones, marls and/or palaeosoils (Farr et al., 1981).
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The youngest Karoo unit in Botswana comprises volcanic rocks of the Stormberg Basalts. Much of the older Karoo rocks are covered by these relatively flat-lying plateau basalts, formed of lava flows that vary in thickness from less than one metre to several tens of metres. The junctions of individual lava flows are often marked by fracturing. Tuffs are rare and impersistent, but occur near the base of the basalts, along with minor intercalations of Cave Sandstone and, higher in the sequence, occasional thin intraformational sandstones, siltstones, marls and/or palaeosoils (Farr et al., 1981).
 
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!colspan="4"|Precambrian
 
!colspan="4"|Precambrian
 
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|Dominantly metasedimentary basins
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|Metasedimentary basins
 
||Late Precambrian - early Palaeozoic
 
||Late Precambrian - early Palaeozoic
||Significant basins of metasedimentary rocks of Precambrian age occur across Botswana, and include sandstones, conglomerates, limestones and quartzites (United Nations, 1989). They are locally cut through by igneous intrusions, and in some places they are capped by volcanic rocks.
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||Significant basins of metasedimentary rocks of Precambrian age occur across Botswana, and include sandstones, conglomerates, limestones and quartzites (United Nations, 1989).
 
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|Transvaal Supergroup (dominantly dolomites)
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|Dolomites of the Transvaal system
 
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||The Transvaal Supergroup includes dolomites, cherts, quartzites and schists, but dolomites are dominant here and are widespread across the country (United Nations, 1989).  
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||This series includes dolomites, cherts, quartzites and schists, but dolomites are dominant, and widespread across the country (United Nations, 1989).  
 
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|Basement
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|Crystalline basement
 
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||Crystalline basement, comprising a range of types including granitic and metamorphic rocks such as amphibolites, quartzites and schists (United Nations, 1989).  
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||Granitic and metamorphic rocks, including amphibolites, quartzites and schists (United Nations, 1989).  
 
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==Hydrogeology==
 
==Hydrogeology==
  
This section provides a summary of the hydrogeology of the main aquifers in Botswana. More information is available in the [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africaGroundwaterAtlas/atlas.cfc?method=listResults&title_search=&author_search=&category_search=&country_search=BW&placeboolean=AND&singlecountry=1 Africa Groundwater Literature Archive].
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This section provides a summary of the hydrogeology of the main aquifers in Botswana. More information is available in the [http://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/searchResults.cfm?title_search=&author_search=&category_search=&country_search=BW&placeboolean=AND&singlecountry=1 Africa Groundwater Literature Archive].  
 
 
The hydrogeology map shows a simplified version of the type and productivity of the main aquifers at a national scale (see the [[Africa Groundwater Atlas Hydrogeology Maps | Hydrogeology Map]] resource page for more details).  
 
  
[https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/downloadGIS.html '''Download a GIS shapefile of the Botswana geology and hydrogeology map'''].
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The hydrogeology map shows a simplified version of the type and productivity of the main aquifers at a national scale (see the [[Hydrogeology Map | Hydrogeology Map]] resource page for more details).  
  
Botswana is also covered by the SADC hydrogeological map and atlas (2010), available through the [https://ggis.un-igrac.org/ggis-viewer/viewer/sadcgip/public/default SADC Groundwater Information Portal].
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  [[File:Botswana_Hydrogeology2.png| center | thumb| 500 px | Hydrogeology of Botswana at 1:5 million scale. For more information on how the map was developed see the [[Hydrogeology Map | hydrogeology map resource page]]]]
 
 
  [[File:Botswana_Hydrogeology3.png| center | thumb| 500 px | Hydrogeology of Botswana at 1:5 million scale. For more information on how the map was developed see the [[Africa Groundwater Atlas Hydrogeology Maps | hydrogeology map resource page]]. [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/downloadGIS.html Download a GIS shapefile of the Botswana geology and hydrogeology map].]]
 
  
  
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|Named aquifers||Period||General description||Water quality  
 
|Named aquifers||Period||General description||Water quality  
 
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|Karoo Supergroup
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|Karoo system
 
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||The Karoo Supergroup forms a stratified aquifer which can be moderately productive. More permeable layers (dominantly sandstone) are separated by layers with low permeability. A large proportion of groundwater storage and flow, particularly in Ecca Group sandstones, is via fractures in the aquifer layers. The more loosely consolidated Mosolotsane Sandstones show more dominant intergranular flow. Semi-vertical fault zones and fractures form hydraulic connections between aquifer layers.  
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||The Karoo system forms a stratified aquifer which can be moderately productive. More permeable layers (dominantly sandstone) are separated by layers with low permeability. A large proportion of groundwater storage and flow, particularly in the Ecca sandstone, is via fractures in the aquifer layers. The more loosely consolidated Cave sandstones show more dominant intergranular flow. Semi-vertical fault zones and fractures form hydraulic connections between aquifer layers.  
  
The highest potential aquifers within the Karoo Supergroup are fractured sandstones with high transmissivity and storage capacity, particularly the Ecca and Mosolotsane Sandstone groups. Typical transmissivity values are at least 350 m²/day, with relatively low storage coefficients of 2.5 to 3.5 per cent. Typical borehole yields from the Mosolotsane Sandstone are around 2.5 litres/second (l/s) (United Nations, 1989). Other information suggests typical borehole yields from Karoo sandstones generally are in the range 2 to 10 l/s (Jones, 2010).  
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The highest potential aquifers within the Karoo system are fractured sandstones with high transmissivity and storage capacity, particularly the Ecca and Cave sandstones. Typical transmissivity values are at least 350 m²/day, with relatively low storage coefficients of 2.5 to 3.5 per cent. Typical borehole yields from the Cave sandstones are around 2.5 litres/second (l/s) (United Nations, 1989). Other information suggests typical borehole yields from Karoo sandstones generally are in the range 2 to 10 l/s (Jones, 2010).  
  
 
Recharge is from direct rainfall infiltration and, in river valleys, by infiltration of river water, particularly during storm events (Jones, 2010).  
 
Recharge is from direct rainfall infiltration and, in river valleys, by infiltration of river water, particularly during storm events (Jones, 2010).  
||Available information suggests that modern groundwater (recently recharged) in the Karoo has relatively low levels of mineralisation, with TDS (total dissolved solids) values of less than 100 mg/l. Groundwater in Ecca Group sandstone is considered to receive little modern recharge and to be many thousands of years old (Jones, 2010), with higher levels of mineralisation.  
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||Available information suggests that modern groundwater (recently recharged) in the Karoo has relatively low levels of mineralisation, with TDS values of less than 100 mg/l. Groundwater in the Ecca sandstone is considered to receive little modern recharge and to be many thousands of years old (Jones, 2010), with higher levels of mineralisation.  
 
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There have been a number of estimates of the volume of Botswana’s groundwater resources. One puts the total groundwater resource at around 100 billion m³, with an average annual recharge of 1600 million m³/year (Department of Surveys and Mapping, Government of Botswana, 2001); another gives a much lower estimated sustainable yield of 96 million m³/year. These different figures illustrate that further groundwater exploration work is needed to estimate the sustainable amount of groundwater in the country (Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources, 2013)
 
There have been a number of estimates of the volume of Botswana’s groundwater resources. One puts the total groundwater resource at around 100 billion m³, with an average annual recharge of 1600 million m³/year (Department of Surveys and Mapping, Government of Botswana, 2001); another gives a much lower estimated sustainable yield of 96 million m³/year. These different figures illustrate that further groundwater exploration work is needed to estimate the sustainable amount of groundwater in the country (Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources, 2013)
  
Only a small part of the estimated available groundwater resources can be economically abstracted, due to high abstraction costs, poor water quality and remoteness of productive aquifers in relation to water demand (Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources, 2013). However, local over-abstraction of groundwater above sustainable limits is recognised or suspected in a number of areas (Central Statistics Office 2009, UNDP 2012).
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Only a small part of the estimated available groundwater resources can be economically abstracted, due to high abstractions costs, poor water quality and remoteness of productive aquifers in relation to water demand (Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources, 2013).  
  
Urban groundwater contamination has been identified in some towns and cities, linked to discharges of polluted waste water, including from soakaway toilets and pit latrines, to aquifers (UNDP 2012, Altchenko et al 2017).
 
  
 
==Groundwater use and management==
 
==Groundwater use and management==
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=== Groundwater use===
 
=== Groundwater use===
  
Groundwater is the main water source in Botswana. It is widely abstracted for use in rural water supply, and also used in other sectors: industry (including mining); energy (by power plants); irrigation; and urban water supply.  
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Groundwater is the main water source in Botswana. It abstracted for use in rural water supply; industry (including mining); energy (by power plants); irrigation; and urban water supply.
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=== Groundwater management===
 
=== Groundwater management===
  
From 2018, groundwater management falls under the [http://www.water.gov.bw/ Department of Water Affairs], part of the Ministry of Land Management, Water and Sanitation Services (MLMWS) (formerly the remit of the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources / MMEWR). The MLMWS has responsibility for, among other things: monitoring groundwater exploration programmes undertaken by the private sector; maintaining an up-to-date database of all boreholes and wells in Botswana, including a register of drilled water boreholes; carrying out groundwater resource assessments; and monitoring groundwater levels and quality, including installing and operating a national monitoring network of groundwater abstraction. The Department of Water Affairs also shares responsibility for water infrastructure in rural areas, alongside District Councils.
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Groundwater management falls under the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources ([http://www.gov.bw/en/Ministries--Authorities/Ministries/Ministry-of-Minerals-Energy-and-Water-Resources-MMWER/Departments1/Department-of-geological-surveys/Divisions/ MMEWR]). The Hydrogeology Division of the MMEWR has responsibility for, among other things, monitoring groundwater exploration programmes undertaken by the private sector; maintaining an up-to-date database of all boreholes and wells in Botswana, including a register of drilled water boreholes; carrying out groundwater resource assessments; and monitoring groundwater levels and quality, including installing and operating a national monitoring network of groundwater abstraction.  
  
 
Water policy is guided by the Botswana National Water Master Plan (NWMP) developed in 1991, and reform recommendations made in subsequent reviews (Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources, 2013).  
 
Water policy is guided by the Botswana National Water Master Plan (NWMP) developed in 1991, and reform recommendations made in subsequent reviews (Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources, 2013).  
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=== Transboundary aquifers===
 
=== Transboundary aquifers===
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==References==
 
==References==
  
The following provide more information on the geology and hydrogeology of Botswana.
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The following references provide more information on the geology and hydrogeology of Botswana.
  
Many of these, and others, can be accessed through the [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africaGroundwaterAtlas/atlas.cfc?method=listResults&title_search=&author_search=&category_search=&country_search=BW&placeboolean=AND&singlecountry=1 Africa Groundwater Literature Archive]
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Many of these, and others, can be accessed through the [http://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/searchResults.cfm?title_search=&author_search=&category_search=&country_search=BW&placeboolean=AND&singlecountry=1 Africa Groundwater Literature Archive]
  
'''Online resources'''
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'''Useful web resources'''
  
 
Department of Surveys and Mapping, Government of Botswana. [http://www.atlas.gov.bw/index.html The Botswana National Atlas]
 
Department of Surveys and Mapping, Government of Botswana. [http://www.atlas.gov.bw/index.html The Botswana National Atlas]
  
[https://ggis.un-igrac.org/ggis-viewer/viewer/sadcgip/public/default SADC Groundwater Information Portal]
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'''Published literature'''
 
 
[http://www.sadc.int/themes/natural-resources/water/ General information on surface water and groundwater resources in SADC]
 
 
 
'''Documents'''
 
 
 
Altchenko Y, Genco A, Pierce K, Woolf R, Nijsten G J, Ansems N, Magombeyi M, Ebrahim G, Lautze J, Villholth K, Lefore N, Modisha RCO, Baqa S, McGill B and Kenabatho P. 2017. [http://ramotswa.iwmi.org/Data/Sites/38/media/pdf/hydrogeological_report_2017.pdf Resilience in the Limpopo basin: The potential role of the Transboundary Ramotswa aquifer, hydrogeology report].
 
  
 
Altchenko, Y, and Vilholth, K G. 2013. [http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10040-013-1002-3 Transboundary aquifer mapping and management in Africa: a harmonised approach]. Hydrogeology Journal Vol. 21, Issue 7, 1497-1517.
 
Altchenko, Y, and Vilholth, K G. 2013. [http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10040-013-1002-3 Transboundary aquifer mapping and management in Africa: a harmonised approach]. Hydrogeology Journal Vol. 21, Issue 7, 1497-1517.
 
Central Statistics Office. 2009. [http://www1.eis.gov.bw/EIS/Reports/Botswana%20Water_statistics%20report.pdf Botswana Water Statistics Report, Gaborone]. Central Statistics Office.
 
  
 
Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources. 2013. [http://www.gwp.org/Global/Activities/Impact%20Stories/Further%20reading/IWRM%20WE%20Plan.pdf Botswana Integrated Water Resources Management & Water Efficiency Plan, Volume 1: Main Report]. (L Dikobe, Ed), Gabarone, Botswana: Government of Botswana.
 
Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Minerals, Energy & Water Resources. 2013. [http://www.gwp.org/Global/Activities/Impact%20Stories/Further%20reading/IWRM%20WE%20Plan.pdf Botswana Integrated Water Resources Management & Water Efficiency Plan, Volume 1: Main Report]. (L Dikobe, Ed), Gabarone, Botswana: Government of Botswana.
  
Farr, J L, Cheney, C S, and Baron, J H. 1981. [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africaGroundwaterAtlas/atlas.cfc?method=ViewDetails&id=BW4029 Project: Evaluation of underground water resources: Final report]. Republic of Botswana, Department of Geological Survey.  
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Farr, J L, Cheney, C S, and Baron, J H. 1981. [http://www.bgs.ac.uk/sadc/fulldetails.cfm?id=BW4029&country=Botswana GS10 Project: Evaluation of underground water resources: Final report]. Republic of Botswana, Department of Geological Survey.  
  
 
Jones, M J. 2010. [http://iwlearn.net/iw-projects/842/reports/environmental-flow-assessment-reports/the-groundwater-hydrology-of-the-okavango-basin-fao-internal-report-april-2010.pdf The Groundwater Hydrology of the Okavango Basin]. Internal Report prepared by M J Jones (Consultant) for FAO; Okavango River Basin Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Technical Report, Biophysical Series; EPSMO.  
 
Jones, M J. 2010. [http://iwlearn.net/iw-projects/842/reports/environmental-flow-assessment-reports/the-groundwater-hydrology-of-the-okavango-basin-fao-internal-report-april-2010.pdf The Groundwater Hydrology of the Okavango Basin]. Internal Report prepared by M J Jones (Consultant) for FAO; Okavango River Basin Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Technical Report, Biophysical Series; EPSMO.  
  
United Nations. 1989. [https://www.bgs.ac.uk/africaGroundwaterAtlas/atlas.cfc?method=ViewDetails&id=AGLA060002 Groundwater in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa: Botswana]. United Nations Department of Technical Cooperation for Development. Natural Resources / Water Series No. 19, ST/TCD/6
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United Nations. 1989. [http://www.bgs.ac.uk/africagroundwateratlas/fulldetails.cfm?id=AGLA060002 Groundwater in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa: Botswana]. United Nations Department of Technical Cooperation for Development. Natural Resources / Water Series No. 19, ST/TCD/6
 
 
UNDP. 2012. [https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1007National%20Report%20(Water)%20-%20Botswana.pdf Water Policy Brief: Reflecting on the Challenges of Attaining a Green Economy for Botswana].
 
  
  
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