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The Archaean Geology of the Kaapvaal Craton, Southern Africa

  • Alfred Kröner
  • Axel Hofmann

Part of the Regional Geology Reviews book series (RGR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Alfred Kröner, J. Elis Hoffmann, Jean M. Wong, Hong-Yan Geng, Kathrin P. Schneider, Hangqiang Xie et al.
    Pages 1-32
  3. Axel Hofmann, Carl R. Anhaeusser, John Dixon, Alfred Kröner, Lopamudra Saha, Allan Wilson et al.
    Pages 33-54
  4. Andrea Agangi, Axel Hofmann, Benjamin Eickmann, Johanna Marin-Carbonne
    Pages 171-184
  5. Dirk D. van Reenen, C. Andre Smit, Alexei L. Perchuk, Jan M. Huizenga, Oleg G. Safonov, Taras V. Gerya
    Pages 185-224
  6. Casey Luskin, Allan Wilson, Digby Gold, Axel Hofmann
    Pages 225-254
  7. Hartwig E. Frimmel
    Pages 255-275

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of one of the oldest and best-exposed Archaean cratons on this planet. There is currently a renewed interest in the early Earth, and the Kaapvaal craton has long served as a model for early crustal evolution. This unique multidisciplinary resource features information on geology, tectonics, geochemistry, and geochronology. It offers a wealth of new data on various aspects of the craton as well as contributions on the various crustal units by international specialists.


Barberton Greenstone Belt Gneiss-granite-greenstone Terrane Witwatersrand Gold Transvaal Supergroup Limpopo Belt

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfred Kröner
    • 1
  • Axel Hofmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für GeowissenschaftenUniversity of MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeologyUniversity of Johannesburg Auckland ParkSouth Africa

About the editors

Alfred Kröner is Professor emeritus at Mainz University, Germany, and visiting Professor at the Beijing SHRIMP Centre, Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences. He is a field geologist with interest in tectonics and geochronology and has mainly worked on aspects of crustal evolution in Africa, specifically the Kaapvaal craton of southern Africa. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and was editor or was on the editorial board of several international earth science journals. 

Axel Hofmann is Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He combines field-based studies of volcano-sedimentary successions with trace element and stable isotope geochemistry for the understanding of Archaean surface processes, early life and sediment-hosted mineral deposits. The Kaapvaal craton with its unique record of more than 3-billion-years old strata of low metamorphic grade is the focus of his research.

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