Archaean greenstone remnants comprising mainly metamorphosed basaltic lavas and lesser metasedimentary interlayers are components of the granite-gneiss-migmatite basement terrane of the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park (KNP), South Africa’s premier wildlife nature reserve. Most of the greenstone remnants represent extensions into the Kruger Park of better developed and exposed greenstone belts that exist beyond the borders to the west, including the Giyani and Murchison greenstone belts. Geological mapping in the national park presents challenges as exposures are poor and discontinuous, with the dense bush and wildlife adding to the difficulties. Satellite remote sensing provided an ideal solution and in this study Google Earth imagery proved to be especially helpful. The imagery provides a synoptic overview of the terrane making it possible to establish the outline of greenstone remnants irrespective of the dense bush cover. Google Earth imagery furthermore provided a preliminary impression of a hitherto unknown, yet sizeable, greenstone belt remnant in a remote area south of the Olifants River in the central section of the KNP. Referred to as the Olifants River Greenstone Belt in this study the remnant occurs as a major Type 2 interference fold resembling a mushroom-shaped diapir with a broad bulbous core fringed by laterally flattened skirts. Images are presented that illustrate various components of this imposing structure. Google Earth images furthermore display the general character of the Archaean granite-greenstone basement and the Palaeo- and Mesoproterozoic intrusive dyke swarms on the northeastern flank of the Kaapvaal Craton.

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