AEON Report Series

No7. Status of the South African Small and Junior Diamond Mining Sector
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No6. Agriculture Transformation
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No5. Finding solutions for the crisis of the gold mining industry
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No4. Baselines and Citizen Science @Karoo Commons
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Additional Reports

No3. Geo-realities    Download Report

AEON Data and Maps

New Barbeton GIS
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Natural and cultural heritage
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Pillow Talk
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Peer reviewed publications


  • Bastien Linol and Maarten J. de Wit, (2016) Origin and Evolution of the Cape Mountains and Karoo Basin, Regional Geology Reviews, Springer International Publishing Switzerland
  • De Wit, M.J., Guillocheau, F. and de Wit, M.J.C. eds. (2015). Geology and Resource Potential of the Congo Basin. Springer: Heidelberg.

Book Chapters

  • Morkel, B. and de Wit, M.J. (2018). Trying not to repeat history: Are shale gas development and broad-based economic development compatible. In: The Shale Dilemma: A Comparison of Approaches (edited by Shanti Gamper-Rabindran), University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Linol, B., de Wit, M.J., Guillocheau, F., de Wit, M.J.C, Anka, Z., and Colin. J.-P. (2015). Formation and Collapse of the Kalahari Duricrust [‘African Surface’] Across the Congo Basin, with Implications for Changes in Rates of Cenozoic Off-Shore Sedimentation. M.J. de Wit et al. (eds.), Geology and Resource Potential of the Congo Basin, Regional Geology Reviews, 193-212 . DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-29482-2_11, © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 

Journal Articles

  • Morkel B, Doucouré M, Bentley M, Stroebel D, De Wit M. (2021) Engagement for airborne geophysical survey within a transdisciplinary baseline programme in the Eastern Cape Karoo, South African Journal of Science, 117 (1/2),2021,
  • Masters JC, Génin F, Zhang Y, Pellen R, Huck T, Mazza PA, Rabineau M, Doucouré M, Aslanian D. (2020) Biogeographic mechanisms involved in the colonization of Madagascar by African vertebrates: Rifting, rafting and runways, Journal of Biogeography, 2020,
  • de Wit, MJ., Linol, B, and Nengovhela, V. (2020) Proterozoic-Paleozoic sediments and Mesozoic-Cenozoic landscapes of the Cape Mountains across the Kango Complex reveal ‘more gaps than record’ from Rodinia and Gondwana to Africa, Geoscience Canada, 47,
  • Linol B. et al. (2020) Earth Stewardship Science – Transdisciplinary contributions to quantifying natural and cultural heritage of southernmost Africa, Journal: Remote Sensing vol 12 Issue3,
  • de Wit, MJ., Linol, B, Furnes, H., Muedi, T. , Valashiya, K. (2020) Pillow Talk: Volcanic rocks of the Karoo that formed many leagues under the Gondwana Sea, South African Journal of Geology, 123,
  • Van Bressem, M.F., Duignan, P., Raga, J.A., Van Waerebeek, K., Fraijia-Fernández, N., and Plön, S. (2020) Cranial crassicaudiasis in Indian Ocean humpback dolphins and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in South Africa, predominantly a disease of immatures?, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 139, doi: 10.3354/dao03468
  • Caputo, M., Bouveroux, T., Froneman, P.W., Shaanika, T. and Plön, S. (2020) The importance of the Wild Coast of South Africa for Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) using photographic identification, Marine Mammal Science, 37, 
  • Plön, S., Heyns-Veale, E. R., Smale, M. J., Froneman, P. W., (2020) Life history parameters and diet of Risso’s dolphins Grampus griseus from south-eastern South Africa, Marine Mammal Science Journal, 36,
  • Aznar-Alemany, Ò., Sala, B., Plön, S.,Bouwman, H., Barceló, D., Eljarrat, E. (2020) Halogenated and organophosphorus flame retardants in cetaceans from the southwestern Indian Ocean, Chemosphere, 226,
  • Olivier, G., de Wit, T., Brenguier, F., Bezuidenhout, L., Kunjwa, T. (2018) Ambient seismic noise Love-wave tomography at a gold mine tailings storage facility, Géotechnique Letters, 8,
  • Thompson, J.O., Aslanian, D., Moulin, M., de Clarens, P., Guilloheau, F., Rabineau, M., Doucoure, M. (2019) New starting point for the Indian Ocean: Second phase of breakup for Gondwana, Earth-Science Reviews, 191,
  • Linol B., de Villiers, S. and de Wit, M.J. (2019) Accelerated contribution of the paleo-Congo River to global seawater 87Sr/86Sr change following Eocene-Oligocene collapse of the African Surface, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20,
  • de Wit, H. Furnes, S. MacLennan, M. Doucouré, B. Schoene, U. Weckmann, U. Martinez, S. Bowring. (2018) Paleoarchean bedrock lithologies across the Makhonjwa Mountains of South Africa and Swaziland linked to geochemical, magnetic and tectonic data reveal early plate tectonic genes flanking subduction margins. Geoscience Frontiers, Volume 9, Pages 603-665,
  • Stroebel, D., Thiart, C.and de Wit M.J. (2018) Towards Defining a Baseline Status of Scarce Groundwater Resources in anticipation of Hydraulic Fracturing in the Eastern Cape Karoo, South Africa: Initial Results and Future Goals, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 479,
  • Chere, B. Linol, H-M. Schulz and M. de Wit, (2017) Lateral and temporal variations of black shales across the southern Karoo Basin- Implications for shale gas exploration, South African Journal of Geology, 120,
  • J. Bezuidenhout, A. Mordet, M. Doucoré, T. Lecocq, F. Brenguier, V. Wagner and M. de Wit. (2017) Rayleigh group velocity extraction from ambient seismic noise to map the south Eastern Cape Karoo region, South African Journal of Geology, 120,
  • Debbie Classen, Maarten de Wit, (2017) Site-specific geoscientific characterisation of Thyspunt, South Africa – an area identified for the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant, South African Journal of Geology, 120,
  • Dhansay, T., Navabpour, P., de Wit, M.J. and Ustaszewski, K. (2017) Assessing the reactivation potential of pre-existing fractures in the southern Karoo, South Africa: evaluating the potential for sustainable exploration across the Critical Zone, Journal of African Earth Sciences, 134,
  • Dhansay, T., Musekiwa, C., Ntholi, T., Chevallier, L., Cole, D. and de Wit, M.J. (2017) South Africa’s geothermal energy hotspots inferred from subsurface temperature and geology, South African Journal of Sience, 113,