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Drilling the Bushveld: current depth 518 m

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Drilling the Bushveld: current depth 518 m

After resuming drilling on the 21st June, the team at the BVDP drill site is now at 518 m depth below surface. Currently, they need to pull the rods to exchange the drill bit.

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.

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