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Dr Georgy Belyanin

Dr Georgy Belyanin
Department of Geology
Senior Research Fellow

Contact Details
​C1 Lab 423
+27 (0)11 559 2629


Georgy graduated from the Moscow State University (Russia) with a diploma in Geochemistry and Petrology in 2007 and continued his studies at the University of Johannesburg where he obtained his PhD in Geology in 2011. After completing his 2-year tenure as a postdoctoral researcher, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow in 2014 at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests include igneous and metamorphic petrology (particularly the high-grade Limpopo Complex) as well as applications of argon-argon geochronology in all aspects of geoscience.


Hypatia research in the media


Recent publications

Adeniyi EO, Ossa Ossa F, Kramers JD, de Kock MO, Belyanin G, Beukes NJ (2018) Cause and timing of the thermal over-maturation of hydrocarbon source rocks of the Ecca Group (Main Karoo Basin, South Africa). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 91, 480–500. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.01.033

Kaavera J, Rajesh HM, Tsunogae T, Belyanin GA (2018) Marginal facies and compositional equivalents of Bushveld parental sills from the Molopo Farms Complex layered intrusion, Botswana: Petrogenetic and mineralization implications. Ore Geology Reviews, 92, 506–528. doi:10.1016/j.oregeorev.2017.12.001

Belyanin GA, Kramers JD, Andreoli MAG, Greco F, Gucsik A, Makhubela TV, Przybylowicz WJ, Wiedenbeck M (2018) Petrography of the carbonaceous, diamond-bearing stone ”Hypatia” from southwest Egypt: A contribution to the debate on its origin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 223, 462–492. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2017.12.020

Rajesh HM, Belyanin GA, Van Reenen DD (2018) Three tier transition of Neoarchean TTG-sanukitoid magmatism in the Beit Bridge Complex, Southern Africa. Lithos, 296-299, 431-451. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2017.11.018

Dlamini N, Hofmann A, Belyanin G, Xie H, Kroner A, Wilson A, Slabunov A (2017) The Mahamba Gneiss in southern Swaziland: a < 2.84 Ga old basalt-sandstone assemblage deformed in the Neoarchaean. South African Journal of Geology, 120(4), 477-500.

Lehmann J, Schulmann K, Lexa O, Štípská P, Hasalova P, Belyanin G, Corsini M. (2017) Detachment folding of partially molten crust in accretionary orogens: new magma-enhanced vertical mass and heat transfer mechanism. The Geological Society of America Bulletin, 9, 889-909. doi:10.1130/L670.1

Makhubela TV, Kramers JD, Belyanin GA, Dirks PHGM, Roberts EM (2017) Proterozoic 40Ar/39Ar ages from cave deposits of the Malapa, Sterkfontein and Dinaledi fossil sites, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 120(1), 21-44. doi:10.25131/gssajg.l20.1.21

Glynn S, Master S, Wiedenbeck M, Davis D, Kramers J, Belyanin G, Frei D, Oberthur T (2017) The Proterozoic Choma-Kalomo Block, SE Zambia: Exotic terrane or a reworked segment of the Zimbabwe Craton? Precambrian Research, 298, 421-438. doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2017.06.020

Keeditse M, Belyanin GA, Fukuyama M, Tsunogae T, Rajesh HM (2016) Primary magmatic amphibole in Archean meta-pyroxenite from the Central Zone of the Limpopo Complex, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 119(4), 607-622. doi:10.2113/gssajg.119.4.607

Ossa Ossa F, Hofmann A, Vidal O, Kramers JD, Belyanin G, Cavalazzi B (2016) Unusual manganese enrichment in the Mesoarchean Mozaan Group, Pongola Supergroup, South Africa. Precambrian Research, 281, 414-433. doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2016.06.009

Lehmann J, Saalmann K, Naydenov KV, Milani L, Belyanin GA, Zwingmann H, Charlesworth G, Kinnaird JA (2016) Structural and geochronological constraints on the Pan-African tectonic evolution of the northern Damara Belt, Namibia. Tectonics, 35, 103–135. doi:10.1002/2015TC003899

Dirks PHGM, Berger LR, Roberts EM, Kramers JD, Hawks J, Randolph-Quinney PS, Elliott M, Musiba CM, Churchill SE, de Ruiter DJ, Schmid P, Backwell LR, Belyanin GA, Boshoff P, Hunter KL, Feuerriegel EM, Gurtov A, Harrison JG, Hunter R, Kruger A, Morris H, Makhubela TV, Peixotto B, Tucker S (2015) Geological and taphonomic context for the new hominin species Homo naledi from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa. Published online in eLIFE. doi:10.7554/eLife.09561.001

Andreoli MAG, Przybylowicz WJ, Kramers JD, Belyanin GA, Westraadt J, Bamford M, Mesjasz-Przybylowicz J, Venter A (2015) PIXE micro-mapping of minor elements in Hypatia, a diamond bearing carbonaceous stone from the Libyan Desert Glass area, Egypt: Inheritance from a cold molecular cloud? Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 363, 79-85. doi:10.1016/j.nimb.2015.09.008

Hofmann A, Kröner A, Xie H, Hegner E, Belyanin G, Kramers J, Bolhar R, Slabunov A, Reinhardt J, Horváth P (2015) The Nhlangano gneiss dome in south-west Swaziland – A record of crustal destabilization of the eastern Kaapvaal craton in the Neoarchaean. Precambrian Research, 258, 109-132. doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2014.12.008