CENS role: Project co-coordinator
Executor department: EGD CENS
Partner: Institute of Ore Geology, Petrography, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry (IGEM), RF
Duration (Years): 2013 - 2015
Funding Source: State Committee of Science MES RA and Russian Foundation for Basic Research

This joint project is connected with one of fundamental and topical directions of modern geology – investigations of magmatism of modern active regions of the Planet to prevent consequences of resumption of volcanic activity within their limits. The study site is the southern portion of the Lesser Caucasus, in the bounds of which magmatism has been developing in the last 6 mln. years. The project envisages geochronological, petrographic and geochemical studies of young magmatic rocks of the region. The studies will be implemented on a base of regular collection of samples which exhaustively characterize the products of Late Kainozoic magmatic activity of the region emphasizing huge neovolcanic regions such as Aragatskiy, Javakhetskiy, Geghamskiy, Vardenisskiy and Karskiy. Sampling was done by the project developers during field trips undertaken between 2002 through 2012.  The project frames will include assessment of а probable volcanic activity resumption hazard and risk to the populace. The project tasks implementation through complex employment of diverse methods of modern geology and geoecology will help establish spatial and temporal regularities of development of magmatic activity and provide a complex assessment of ecological status of the territory in case of resumption of volcanic activity within its bounds. By the scale and volume of analytical and research works, the planned investigations will be the first ones implemented at a modern global level for the noted portion of the South Caucasus.