Barberton Greenstone Belt

Barberton Greenstone Belt

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 The Barberton Greenstone Belt is a geological formation situated on the eastern edge of the Kaapvaal Craton in South Africa.
 The rocks within the Barberton Greenstone Belt are among the oldest exposed rocks on Earth, dating back to greater than 3.6 billion years ago.
 These ancient rocks provide valuable insights into the early Earth’s history and contain some of the oldest traces of life, second only to the Isua Greenstone Belt in Western Greenland.
 It is known for its gold mineralization and for containing komatiites, which are an unusual type of ultramafic volcanic rock named after the Komati River that flows through the belt.
 The Makhonjwa Mountains make up 40% of the Barberton Greenstone Belt.

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