- © 2003 Geological Society of South Africa
Special issue dedicated to three outstanding South African Earth Scientists
In recognition for their pioneering work and lengthy commitment to unraveling the structure and evolution of the Kaapvaal Craton and the Geology of South Africa.
Without their generous and unselfish support, the Kaapvaal Craton Projects would not have happened.
The Kaapvaal Craton Project was a massive six-year collaborative effort by Earth science colleagues from South Africa and the USA to better understand processes that formed Archean continental lithosphere, and to track the subsequent evolution of remnants of such ancient continents, known as cratons, using the rock and mineral record of southern Africa. The project was in progress between 1996 and 2002, but its conception goes back much further than that. In some ways, early collaborations between South African and American geoscientists as far back as the Upper Mantle Projects of the 1960s, and the Special Geodynamics Projects during the 1970s and 1980s were important stepping-stones towards a “big picture” project. The discovery of …