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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

My research is focussed on igneous petrology and geochemistry, and the application of geochemical analytical techniques to other fields of science, such as archaeology. Together with colleagues and students, I have 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, I have 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 is another developing project. Zircon studies have become a prominent part of my research, with the U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic systems as indicators for igneous process as well as sedimentary (re)cycling. The new NRF-funded laser ablation multi-collector ICPMS equipment, which has been operational since February 2016, is an important tool for these projects, and I am looking forward to the collaboration with colleagues from Wits who are overseeing the building of a new clean lab there.

My vital statistics are that I am an NRF-rated scientist, with more than 80 peer-reviewed papers in international journals to my name. I have successfully (co)supervised ten MSc and six PhD students, and am an editor for the International Journal of Earth Sciences and South African Journal of Geology.

Recent Publications

Agangi, A., Hofmann, A., Elburg, M.A. (in press). A review of Palaeoarchaean felsic volcanism in the eastern Kaapvaal craton: linking plutonic and volcanic records. Geoscience Frontiers. doi:10.1016/j.gsf.2017.08.003

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

Huthmann, F., Yudovskaya, M.A., Elburg, M.A., Kinnaird, J.A. (2017). The Sr isotope stratigraphy of the far northern Bushveld Complex. S. Afr. J. Geol. 120, 497-508. doi: 10.25131/gssajg.120.4.497

Clemens, J., Elburg, M.A., Harris, C. (2017). Origins of igneous microgranular enclaves in granites: the example of Central Victoria, Australia. Contribs. Min. Petrol. 172: 88. doi:10.1007/s00410-017-1409-2

Andersen, T., Elburg, M., Erambert, M. (2017). The miaskitic-to-agpaitic transition in peralkaline nepheline syenite (white foyaite) from the Pilanesberg Complex, South Africa. Chemical Geology 455, 166-181. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.08.020.

Elburg, M.A., Cawthorn, R.G (2017). Source and evolution of the alkaline Pilanesberg Complex, South Africa. Chemical Geology 455, 148-165. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.10.007

Jacobs, J., Opås, B., Elburg, M.A., Läufer, A., Estrada, S., Ksienzyk, A.K., Damaske, D., Hofmann, M. (2017). Cryptic sub-ice geology revealed by a U-Pb zircon study of glacial till in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. Precambrian Research 294, 1-14.

Clemens, J.D., Stevens, G., Elburg, M.A. (2017). Petrogenetic processes in granitic magmas and their igneous microgranular enclaves from Central Victoria, Australia: match or mismatch? Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 72, 6-32.

Clemens, J., Elburg, M.A. (2016). Possible spatial variability in the Selwyn Block of Central Victoria: evidence from Late Devonian felsic igneous rocks. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1080/08120099.2016.1158736

Andersen, T., Kristoffersen, M., Elburg, M. (2016). How far can we trust provenance and crustal evolution information from detrital zircons? A South African case study. Gondwana Research 34, 129-148. doi: 10.1016/

Elburg, M., Andersen, T., Jacobs, J., Läufer, A., Ruppel, A., Krohne, N., Damaske, D. (2016). One hundred and fifty million years of intrusive activity in the Sør Rondane Mountains (East Antarctica): implications for Gondwana assembly. Journal of Geology 124, 1-26.

Andersen, T., Elburg, M.A., Cawthorn-Blazeby, A. (2016). U-Pb and Lu-Hf zircon data in young sediments reflect sedimentary recycling in eastern South Africa. J. Geol. Soc. London 173, 337-351.

Kristoffersen, M., Andersen, T., Elburg, M.A., Watkeys, M. (2016). Detrital zircon in a supercontinental setting: Locally derived and far-transported components in the Ordovician Natal Group, South Africa. J. Geol. Soc. London 173, 203-215.

van Leeuwen, T., Allen, C., Elburg, M., Masonne, H.-J., Palin, M., Hennig, J. (2016). The Palu Metamorphic Complex, NW Sulawesi, Indonesia: Origin and evolution of a young metamorphic terrane with links to Gondwana and Sundaland. Journal of Asian Earth Science 115, 133-152.



Postal Address 

Department of Geology
University of Johannesburg
PO Box 524
Auckland Park 2006
Kingsway & University (APK campus)
South Africa