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​Prof Marlina Elburg

​Prof Marlina Elburg
Department of Geology

Contact Details
C1 Lab 412
+27 (0)11 559 4708

​Research Interests

Marlina’s research is focused on igneous petrology and geochemistry, and the application of geochemical analytical techniques to other fields of science, such as archaeology and conservation sciences. Together with colleagues and students, she has has worked on granites of the Australian Palaeozoic fold belts, mafic dykes of the Karoo province and island arc volcanics of the Indonesian and Aegean Arcs. Since arriving in South Africa in 2011, she has looked at the South African – Antarctic connection in the Rodinia and Gondwana supercontinents, focussing on the Natal Belt and eastern Dronning Maud Land (Sør Rondane). The Pilanesberg Alkaline Province and Namaqua pegmatite belts are other developing projects. Zircon studies have become a prominent part of her research, with the U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic systems as indicators for igneous process as well as sedimentary (re)cycling. The NRF-funded laser ablation multi-collector ICPMS equipment, which has been operational since February 2016, is an important tool for these projects. In collaboration with colleagues from Wits, who are in charge of the clean lab there (WIGL), the necessary techniques for the whole rock analysis of Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf systems have been developed, with U-Pb and the stable isotopes of Fe, Cu and Zn in progress.

Marlina Elburg’s vital statistics are that she is an NRF B-rated scientist, with more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals to her name. She has successfully (co)supervised ten MSc and six PhD students, and is the scientific editor of the South African Journal of Geology. She is a birdwatcher and likes cats, which admittedly is a bad combination.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Elburg, M.A., Smet, I. (2020). Geochemistry of lavas from Aegina and Poros (Aegean Arc, Greece): distinguishing upper crustal contamination and source contamination in the Saronic Gulf area. Lithos, 105416.
  • Wang, C.-C., Jacobs, J., Elburg, M.A., Läufer, A., Thomas, R.J., Elvevold, S. (2020). Grenville-age continental arc magmatism and crustal evolution in central Dronning Maud Land (East Antarctica): Zircon geochronological and Hf-O isotopic evidence. Gondwana Research 82, 108-127.
  • Jacobs, J., Mikhalsky, E., Henjes-Kunst, F., Läufer, A., Thomas, R.J., Elburg, M.A., Wang, C.-C., Estrada, S., Skublov, G. (2020). Neoproterozoic geodynamic evolution of easternmost Kalahari: Constraints from U-Pb-Hf-O zircon, Sm-Nd isotope and geochemical data from the Schirmacher Oasis, East Antarctica. Precambrian Research 105553.
  • Kwayisi, D., Lehmann, J., Elburg, M.A. (2020). The architecture of the Buem Structural Unit: Implications for the tectonic evolution of the Pan-African Dahomeyide Orogen, West Africa. Precambrian Research 338, 105568.
  • Foden, J., Elburg, M., Turner, S., Clark, C., Blades, M.L., Cox, G., Collins, A.S., Wolff, K., George, C. (2020). Cambro-Ordovician magmatism in the Delamerian orogeny: Implications for tectonic development of the southern Gondwanan margin. Gondwana Research 81, 490-521.
  • Ballouard, C., Massuyeau, M., Elburg, M.A., Tappe, S., Viljoen, K., Brandenburg, J.-T. (2020). The magmatic and magmatic-hydrothermal evolution of felsic igneous rocks as seen through Nb-Ta geochemical fractionation, with implications for the origins of rare-metal mineralization. Earth-Science Reviews, 103115.
  • Ballouard, C., Elburg, M.A., Tappe, S. Reinke, C., Ueckermann, H., Doggart, S. (2020). Magmatic-hydrothermal evolution of rare metal pegmatites from the Mesoproterozoic Orange River pegmatite belt (Namaqualand, South Africa). Ore Geology Reviews 116, 103252.
  • Andersen, T., Elburg, M.A., Magwaza, B. (2019). Sources of bias in detrital zircon geochronology: Discordance, concealed lead loss and common lead correction. Earth-Science Reviews 197, 102899.
  • Elburg, M.A., Smet, I., Van den haute, P., Vanhaecke, F., Klaver, M., Andersen T. (2018). Extreme isotopic variation documents extensional tectonics in arc magmas from Methana, Greece. Lithos 318-319, 386-398.
  • Humbert, F., Elburg, M.A., Ossa-Ossa, F, de Kock, M.O, Robin, P. (2018). Variolites of the Paleoproterozoic Hekpoort Formation (Transvaal sub-basin, Kaapvaal craton): Multistage undercooling textures? Lithos 316-317, 48-65.
  • Andersen, T., Elburg, M.A., Erambert, M. (2018). Contrasting trends of agpaitic crystallization in nepheline syenite in the Pilanesberg Alkaline Complex, South Africa. Lithos 312-313, 375-388.
  • Andersen, T., Elburg, M.A., Van Niekerk, H.S., Ueckermann, H. (2018). Successive sedimentary recycling regimes in southwestern Gondwana: Evidence from detrital zircons in Neoproterozoic to Cambrian sedimentary rocks in southern Africa. Earth-Science Reviews 181, 43-60.
  • Agangi, A., Hofmann, A., Elburg, M.A. (2018). A review of Palaeoarchaean felsic volcanism in the eastern Kaapvaal craton: linking plutonic and volcanic records. Geoscience Frontiers 9, 667-688.
  • Jacobs, J. Paoli, Rocchi, Ksienzyk, Sirevaag, Elburg, M.A. (2018). Alps to Apennines zircon roller coaster along the Adria microplate margin. Scientific Reports 8:2704. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-20979-w
  • Andersen, T., Kristoffersen, M., Elburg, M.A. (2018). Visualizing, interpreting and comparing detrital zircon age and Hf isotope data in basin analysis – a graphical approach. Basin Research 30, 132-147. doi: 10.1111/bre.12245