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Project Acronym: BARB | State: Completed | Expedition ID: 5047

ins.: 2011-06-21 00:00; ( Age: 13 yrs )
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Barberton: 2011-06-21

After about 10 months of frustration caused by major reorganization ...
Site of the Buck Reef drill hole. The core will penetrate the ridge of chert seen in the background.

After about 10 months of frustration caused by major reorganization of the South African Department of Mineral Resources, we finally received the authorization to conduct our drilling program in the Barberton Belt. We have negotiated a new contract with the drilling company Buenti Drilling (Pty) Ltd and expect to conduct the drilling following the program outlined below. The core should be in the facilities of the Council for Geosciences in Pretoria in early September. We will then log it in detail and we will publish the descriptions on the ICDP web site around the end of the year. We will have a call-for-proposals to work on the core, which will be distributed to in early 2012. Priority will be given to scientists who have directly involved with the drilling itself or are from countries who have contributed to the costs of drilling.