Meeting in Brazil – 2015


30 July (Thursday): arrival of the Australian group in Campinas, Brazil.

31 July (Friday): meeting at University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

1 August (Saturday): flight to Salvador-Bahia and transfer by van to Santa Luz. Overnight in Santa Luz-Bahia.

2 August (Sunday): outcrops of the Palaeproterozoic Rio Itapicuru greenstone belt and the Archaean basement. Overnight in Santa Luz-Bahia.

3 August (Monday): visit to Neoproterozoic diamond-rich kimberlite and diamictite and cap carbonate of the Neoproterozoic Sergipano orogen. Overnight in Euclides da Cunha-Bahia.

4 August (Tuesday): geology of the allochtonous Uauá block, including the Palaeoproterozoic Rio Capim greenstone belt and Archaean mafic dyke swarms. Overnight in Uauá-Bahia.

5 August (Wednesday): geology of the allochtonous Uauá block, including Mesoarchaean sanukitoids and high-pressure mafic granulites. Overnight in Uauá-Bahia.

6 August (Thrusday): geology of the northernmost part of the Itabuna-Salvador- Curaçá orogen, including granulite facies supracrustal rocks and arc-like granitic batholith. Visit to a Cu sulfide deposit. Overnight in the Caraiba copper mine.

7 August (Friday): return to Salvador with a few short stops on the way to see Archaean high-grade gneisses and layered anorthosites of the Itabuna-Salvador-Curaçá orogen; Overnight in Salvador-Bahia.

8 August (Saturday): return to São Paulo airport. Departure of the Australian group back to Australia.


This is a thematic project to study the geological evolution of Archaean terranes of the São Francisco Craton and the Borborema Province where South America’s oldest rocks were discovered (ca. 3,500 Ma). The project has started in May 2013 and will last until April 2017 with financial support from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). The methods and techniques to be employed include extensive fieldwork, cutting edge U-Pb and Sm-Nd geochronology, major and trace element geochemistry, as well as radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry. The project is a contribution to the IGCP-SIDA Project 599 – The Changing Early Earth. For more information about the project, please click here.