Dr Michiel de Kock

Michiel de Kock is a paleomagnetist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. He is interested in global tectonics through Earth history and the formation and break-up of Supercontinents. Of particular interest are the interplays between global tectonics and the biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere and their relation to the origin of large mineral deposits. His current research is largely focused on (but is not limited to) using the high-quality information content of the Large Igneous Province (LIP) record to resolve the position of the Kaapvaal craton within pre-Pangean continents with implications for mineral deposit targeting.


De Kock, M.O., Ernst, R.E., Söderlund, U, Jourdan, F., Hofmann, A., Le Gall, B., Bertrand, H., Chisonga, B.C., Beukes, N.J., Rajesh, H.M., Moseki, L.M., and Fuchs, R. (2014), Dykes of the 1.11 Ga Umkondo LIP, Southern Africa: Clues to a complex plumbing system. Precambrian Research, v. 249, 129-143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2014.05.006

Maré, L.P., De Kock, M.O., Cairncross, B., and Mauri, H. (2014), Application of magnetic geothermometers in sedimentary basins: an example from the western Karoo Basin, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, v. 117(1), p1-14.

Gumsley, A.P., De Kock, M.O., Rajesh, H.M., Knoper, M.W., Söderlund, U, and Ernst, R.E. (2013),The Hlagothi Complex: the identification of fragments from a Mesoarchaean Large Igneous Province on the Kaapvaal Craton. Lithos, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2012.06.007

De Kock, M.O., Beukes, N.J., and Armstrong, R.A. (2012), New SHRIMP U-Pb zircon ages from the Hartswater Group, South Africa: Implications for correlations of the Neoarchean Ventersdorp Supergroup on the Kaapvaal Craton and with the Fortescue Group on the Pilbara Craton. Precambrian Research, v. 204-205, p66-74.

De Kock, M.O., Evans, D.A.D. and Beukes, N.J. (2009), Validating the existence of Vaalbara in the Late Neoarchean. Precambrian Research, v. 174, p145-154.


De Kock, M.O., Evans, D.A.D., Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J. and Dorland, H.C. (2008), Origin and timing of BIF-hosted high-grade hard hematite deposits – a paleomagnetic approach, in Hagemann, S.G., Rosiere, C.A., Gutzmer, J. and Beukes, N.J., BIF-Related High-Grade Iron Mineralization: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 15, p49-71


Gumsley, A.P., Olsson, J.R., Söderlund, U, De Kock, M.O., and Hofmann, A. (2014) The Usushwana Complex: A tale of two igneous events, and a magmatic feeder to one of Earth’s earliest large igneous provinces. 31st Nordic Geological Winter Meeting (January 2014), Lund University, Sweden

Maré, L.P., De Kock, M.O., Mouri, H., and Cairncross, B. (2012) The use of magnetic geothermometers in basin analysis: An example from the western Karoo Basin, South Africa. 34th International Geological Conference, Australia.

Maré, L.P., De Kock, M.O., Mouri, H., and Cairncross, B. (2011) Magnetic Evaluation of the Geothermal History of the Western Karoo Basin. GeoSynthesis 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

Wabo, H., De Kock, M.O., and Beukes N.J. (2011) Paleomagnetism of post-Transvaal sills and dykes in the Eastern Kaapvaal craton. 23rd Colloquium of African Geology 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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