Sedimentary rocks of the Moodies Group in the Barberton Greenstone Belt (BGB), South Africa, are about 3.22 Ga old and represent some of the world’s oldest well-preserved shallow-water strata. They reach almost 4 km in stratigraphic thickness, are lithologically variable and were deposited within ca. 1 to 14 Ma. The metamorphic grade is lower greenschist-facies; widespread early-diagenetic silicification preserved micro- and macrotextures virtually without strain.
Moodies strata represent a very-high-magnification record of Archean surface processes and are probably unique worldwide in allowing the regional and temporal contextualization of micro-scale and high-resolution Archean analytical data, comparable or superior to similar strata in Australia’s Pilbara region. Their coastal depositional environment is ideal to investigate and combine data from both marine and terrestrial settings.
Keywords: Africa, South Africa, Barberton, Early Life Ecology, Greenstone Belt, Moodies, Ocean And Atmosphere, Oxygen
11 - 15 September 2023
BASE sampling party at BGR core repository in Berlin
23 - 27 January 2023
BASE takes samples to generate a reference dataset in Berlin
Site 5B in the grasslands of Farm Belvue 711JT.
We are using EOP funds to make the exhibition more permanent.
16 September 2023 - 15 September 2025
11 - 15 September 2023 at BGR core repository in Berlin
17 November 2021 - 27 July 2022
Full Proposal Approved
First Full Proposal Submitted
5 - 10 October 2017 in Barberton, South Africa