Mount Richard-Molard

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Mount Richard-Molard
Mount Nimba
Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve-108445.jpg
Grass at the summit of Mount Richard-Molard
Highest point
Elevation 1,752 m (5,748 ft)
Listing Country high point
Coordinates 7°37′21″N 8°24′20″W / 7.62250°N 8.40556°W / 7.62250; -8.40556Coordinates: 7°37′21″N 8°24′20″W / 7.62250°N 8.40556°W / 7.62250; -8.40556
Geography
Mount Richard-Molard is located in Ivory Coast
Mount Richard-Molard
Mount Richard-Molard
Location of Mount Nimba in Côte d'Ivoire (on the Guinean border)
Mount Richard-Molard is located in Liberia
Mount Richard-Molard
Mount Richard-Molard
Mount Richard-Molard (Liberia)
Mount Richard-Molard is located in Guinea
Mount Richard-Molard
Mount Richard-Molard
Mount Richard-Molard (Guinea)
Location Côte d'IvoireGuinea
Parent range Nimba Range

Mount Richard-Molard also known as Mount Nimba is a mountain along the border of Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea in West Africa. The highest peak for both countries and the Nimba Range is at 1,752 m (5,748 ft). The mountain is a part of the Guinea Highlands, which straddles the borders between the two countries and Liberia. The nearest major settlements are the town Yekepa to the west in Liberia, Bossou and N'Zoo in Guinea.[1]

Toponymy[edit]

The mountain is named after the French geographer Jacques Richard-Molard, who died in an accident at the mountain site in 1951.[2] Before that it was called Mount Nouon.[3]

Geology[edit]

The mountain is rich in iron ore and cobalt. The mix of iron rich quartzite sheets, schists and granite gneiss have characterised the geological pedogenesis.[citation needed]

Conservation[edit]

Mount Richard-Molard lies within the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, which currently covers 17,540 hectares, and straddles the borders of Guinea and Ivory Coast.

World Heritage status[edit]

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve is a site with outstanding universal value and therefore was nominated to the World Heritage List in 1981 [4]. It has been listed as World Heritage in Danger since 1992.

This site was added to Guinea's "Tentative List" for consideration for UNESCO World Heritage Site status on 29 March 2001 in the cultural category.[5]

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve has been listed as a World Heritage Site in both Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire under the criteria for natural heritage.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colombant, Nico (30 January 2008)."Villagers Resist Environmentalists Around Guinea's Mount Nimba"[permanent dead link]. Voice of America.
  2. ^ Westermann, Diedrich; Smith, Edwin William; Forde, Cyril Daryll (1951). Africa. Oxford University Press. p. 335. OCLC 50238863
  3. ^ Pugh, John Charles; Morgan, W. B. (1969). West Africa. London: Methuen. ISBN 0-416-26900-1. 
  4. ^ "Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2017-11-27. 
  5. ^ Paysage culturel des monts Nimba, UNESCO World Heritage Centre. (in French)
  6. ^ "Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2016-11-25. 

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