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Drilling the Bushveld: installing gas monitoring system

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Drilling the Bushveld: installing gas monitoring system

Next to investigating the rocks, the BVDP project also measures the composition of the fluids and gases present at depth. Today, Rolene is installing a mass spectrometer (MiniRuedi) at the site.

With on the order of 1 million km3 of igneous rocks, the Bushveld Complex constitutes a Large Igneous Province. How can such a vast volume be generated from the mantle? Unlike most Large Igneous Provinces, the Bushveld Complex is largely plutonic and represents the roots of such systems, it is bimodal in composition, with subequal proportions of mafic and felsic igneous rocks and contains a fabulous mineral wealth, with resources of strategic and high-tech metals.

Find more info on the project here. See the Daily News here.