GMPV38Scientific drilling and geological research in the Barberton Greenstone Belt
This session will present the results of recent drilling projects and associated supporting studies in the Archean Barberton Greenstone Belt of South Africa. Drilling provides compete and fresh sections of volcanic and sedimentary rocks that help to unravel the complexities of Archean magmatism, tectonics, sedimentary processes, nature of the atmosphere and oceans, and the habitat of early life. Contributions are encouraged relating to all drilling activities past and present, including the Barberton Greenstone Belt Drilling Project, recent ICDP- sponsored drilling and preparatory research concerning possible future programs. Multidisciplinary studies involving geological, geophysical and geochemical approaches will be highlighted. Preliminary work that includes documentation of the lithology, structures, mineralogy and chemical compositions of recently recovered core and description of future projects will also be included.