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Associate Professor
Name: Michiel de Kock
Location: C1 Lab 419 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Tel: +27 (0)11 559 4707


About Prof Michiel de Kock

Research interests

Paleomagnetism, Large Igneous Provinces, Stratigraphy



  • Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics
  • Geology 2 Field Techniques
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Sedimentary Basin Analysis
  • Honours research project. Recent research projects supervised by me include: Paleomagnetism of the Kliprivierberg Group south of Johannesburg. Paleomagnetism of an E-W trending dolerite dyke in the Johannesburg Dome. Rock magnetic study of the CIMERA-KARIN borehole KZF-01. Paleomagnetic dating of the Albert Silver Mine poly-metallic prospect. Petrography and geochemistry of mafic intrusions in the Griqualand West region.


Recent publications

  • Wabo, H., De Kock, M.O., Beukes, N.J., Hedge, V.S. (Accepted 2020): Paleomagnetism of the uppermost carbonate units of the Purana basins in Southern India: New demagnetization results from the Kaladgi and Bhima basins, Karnataka. Geological Magazine.
  • De Kock, M.O.,Wabo, H., Djeutchou, C., Luskin, C. (Accepted 2020): Precambrian drift history and paleogeography of Kalahari. Chapter 12 in: Ancient Supercontinents and the Paleogeography of the Earth. Pesonen, L., Evans, D.A.D., Salminen, J., Elming, S.-Å., Veikkolainen, T. (Eds.), Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-818533-9.
  • Mukhopadhyay, J., Armstrong, R.A., Gutzmer, J., De Kock, M.O., Beukes, N.J. (Accepted 2020): Stratigraphy, depositional setting and SHRIMP U-Pb geochronology of the BIF-bearing Bailadila Group in the Bacheli Iron Ore Mining District, Bastar Craton, India. The Journal of Geology.
  • Abubakre, A.,De Kock, M.O. (2021): Magnetostratigraphic constraints for Early Permain rocks of the southwestern Karoo Basin, South Africa. Gondwana Research, 90, 220-240.
  • Lenhardt, N., Altermann, W., Humbert, F., De Kock, M.O. (2020): Lithostratigraphy of the Palaeoproterozoic Hekpoort Formation (Pretoria Group, Transvaal Supergroup), South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 123(4), 655-668.
  • Wabo, H., De Kock, M.O., Belyanin, G. (2020): A 2058 Ma paleopole for the Kaapvaal Craton: Implications for late Rhyacian plate motion and duration of the Bushveld Complex. Precambrian Research, 342, 105654.
  • Gumsley, A.P., Stamsnijder, J., Larsson, E., Söderlund, U., Naeraa, T., De Kock, M.O., Sałacińska, A., Gawȩda, A., Humbert, F., Ernst, R.E. (2020). Neoarchean large igneous provinces on the Kaapvaal Craton in southern Africa re-define the formation of the Ventersdorp Supergroup and its temporal equivalents. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 132 (9-10), 1829-1844.
  • De Kock, M.O., Monareng, B.F., Blignaut, L., Smith, A.J.B., Beukes, N.J. (2020). Geochemistry of Paleoproterozoic saprolite developed in diabase intruding the Hotazel Formation in the Avontuur deposit of the Kalahari Manganese Field, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 123(1), 1-18.
  • Choudhary, B.R., Ernst, R.E., Xu, Y-G., Evans D.A.D., De Kock, M.O., Meert, J.G., Ruiz, A.S., Lima, G.A. (2019). Geochemical characterization of a reconstructed 1110 Ma Large Igneous Province. Precambrian Research, 332, 105382.
  • Robins, L.J., Funk, S.P., Flynn, S.L., Warchola, T.J., Li, Z., Lalonde, S.V., Rostron, B.J., Smith, A.B.J., Beukes, N.J., De Kock, M.O., Heaman, L.M., Alessi, D.S., Konhauser, K.O. (2019). Hydrogeological constraints on the formation of Palaeoproterozoic banded iron formations. Nature Geoscience, 12(7), 558-563.
  • Hopley, P.J., Reade, H., Parrish, R., De Kock, M.O., Adams, J.W. (2019): Speleothem evidence for C3 dominated vegetation during the Late Miocene (Messinian) of South Africa. Review of Paleobotany and Palynology, 264, 75-89. doi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2019.02.006
  • Beukes, N.J., De Kock, M.O., Vorster, C., Ravhura, L.G., Frei, D., Gumsley, A.P., Harris, C. (2019): The age and country rock provenance of the Molopo Farms Complex: implications for Transvaal Supergroup correlation in southern Africa. South African Journal of Geologydoi:10.25131/sajg.122.0003
  • De Kock, M.O., Gumsley, A.P., Klausen, M.B., Söderlund, U., Djeutchou, C. (2019): The Precambrian mafic magmatic record, including large igneous provinces of the Kalahari craton and its constituents: a paleogeographic review. In: Dyke swarms of the world: A modern perspective. Srivastava, R.K., Peng, P. Ernst, R. (Eds.) Springer Geology, 155-214. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-1666-1_5
  • Wabo, H., Humbert, F., De Kock, M.O., Belyanin, G., Söderlund, U., Maré, L.P., Beukes, N.J. (2019): Constraining the chronology of the Mashishing dykes in the eastern Kaapvaal craton in South Africa. In: Dyke swarms of the world: A modern perspective. Srivastava, R.K., Peng, P. Ernst, R. (Eds.) Springer Geology, 215-261. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-1666-1_6
  • Humbert, F., De Kock, M.O., Lenhardt, N, Altermann, W. (2019): Neoarchean to early Paleoproterozoic within-plate volcanism of the Kaapvaal Craton: Comparing the Ventersdorp Supergroup and the Ongeluk and Hekpoort formations (Transvaal Supergroup). In: Archean Geology of the Kaapvaal Craton, Southern Africa. Kröner, A, Hofmann, A. (Eds.). Regional Geology Reviews. Springer, 277-302. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-78652-0_11
  • Humbert, F., De Kock, M.O., Altermann, W., Elburg, M., Lenhardt, N., Smith, A.J.B., Masango, S. (2018): Petrology, physical volcanology, geochemistry and field descriptions of a Paleoproterozoic large igneous province: The Hekpoort Formation in the southern Transvaal sub-basin (Kaapvaal Craton). Precambrian Research, 315: 232-256. DOI:10.1016/j.precamres.2018.07.022
  • Humbert, F., Elburg, M., Ossa Ossa, F., De Kock, M.O., Robion, P. (2018): Variolites of the Paleoproterozoic Hekpoort Formation (Transvaal sub-basin, Kaapvaal craton): multistage undercooling textures? Lithos., 316-317: 48-65. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2018.07.005
  • Wabo, H., Maré, L.P., Beukes, N.J., Kruger, S., Rammensee, P., Humbert, F., De Kock, M.O. (2018): Mineral transformations during thermal demagnetization of sideritic jasper mesobands in jaspilites of the ~3.25 Ga Fig Tree Group in the Barberton Greenstone Belt, Kaapvaal craton (South Africa). South African Journal of Geology, 121: 129-138. doi:10.25131/sajg.121.0010
  • Adeniyi, E.O., Ossa Ossa, F.-G., Kramers, J.D., De Kock, M.O., Belyanin, G., Beukes, N.J. (2018): Cause and timing of the thermal overmaturation of potential hydrocarbon source rocks of the Ecca Group in the Main Karoo Basin, South Africa. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 91: 480-500. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.01.033
  • De Kock, M.O.,Beukes, N.J., Adeniyi, E.O., Cole, D., Götz, A.E., Geel, C., Ossa Ossa, F.-G. (2017):Deflating the shale gas potential of South Africa’s Main Karoo Basin. South African Journal of Science, 113 (9-10): 2016-0331. doi:10.17159/sajs.2017/20160331
  • Sciscio, L., De Kock, M.O., Bordy, E., Knoll, F. (2017): Magnetostratigraphy across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in the main Karoo Basin. Gondwana Research, 51: 177-192. doi:10.1016/
  • Humbert, F., Sonnette, L., De Kock, M.O., Robion, P., Horng, C.S., Cousture, A., Wabo, H. (2017): Palaeomagnetism of the early Palaeoproterozoic, volcanic Hekpoort Formation (Transvaal Supergroup) of the Kaapvaal craton, South Africa. Geophysical Journal International, 209(2): 842-865. doi:10.1093/gji/ggx055
  • Sciscio, L., Knoll, F., Bordy, E.M., De Kock, M.O., Redelstorff, R. (2017) Digital reconstruction of the mandible of an adult Lesothosaurus diagnosticus with insight into the tooth replacement process and diet. PeerJ, 3: e3054. doi:10.7717/peerj.3054
  • Gumsley, A.P., Chamberlain, K.R., Bleeker, W., Söderlund, U., De Kock, M.O., Larsson, E.R., Bekker, A. (2017): Timing and tempo of the great oxidation event. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 144(8): 1811-1816. doi:10.1073/pnas.1608824114