Preliminary announcement of the seco
Source:    Publish Time: 2015-10-29 14:48   1456 Views   Size:  16px  14px  12px

The Second IGCP-649 Workshop will take place on May 14-20, 2016 in Cyprus to investigate and discuss the origin of the world-famous Troodos ophiolite.  Troodos is unique among the ophiolites of the world for its complete lithologic sequence, its structural integrity, its excellent exposures and its ease of access.  It is one of the most studied ophiolites in the world and served as the model for the Penrose definition of ophiolites.  Troodos is famous for its copper mines, which have been miner since Roman times, and for its smaller chromitite mines.  In a very real sense, Troodos provides the lifeblood of Cyprus – the rain and snow pack that collects on Mt. Olympus recharges the aquifers, without which agriculture would not be possible.

The geological map of the Troodos ophiolite (Modified after West & Bentley (2007))


This workshop is orgnized by the IGCP-649 project “Diamonds and Recycled Mantle” and Geological Survey Department of Cyprus. In 2015 CARMA (Center for Advanced Research on the Mantle) was awarded a new IGCP (International Geosciences Program) grant sponsored by UNESCO and IUGS, in support of our current work on ultrahigh pressure and highly reduced minerals in ophiolitic peridotites and chromitites. The project will undertake systematic sampling of peridotites-chromitites in different ophiolites around the world with diverse ranges of ages and geochemical affinities to document the extent of diamond occurrence in the mantle. The creation of this new IGCP project emphasizes the global importance of our work, and provides support for a series of international workshops that will bring together students, young professional and established researchers to discuss and to evaluate some of the most significant scientific problems and questions pertaining to the mantle dynamics and composition.

The Troodos Mountains of Cyprus rise to an elevation of 1952 m at Mt. Olympus, the center of the Troodos Ophiolite

The Workshop will consist of two days of oral and poster presentations, focused on the geology of Troodos and comparisons with ophiolites elsewhere.  This part of the program will by followed by 4 or 5 one-day field trips designed to provide a clear understanding of the geology and structure of Troodos.  We hope to briefly summarize and discuss each day’s findings in the evenings.  The total number of field trip participants is limited so, if you don’t want to miss this wonderful journey full of characteristic geology and spectacular scenery, contact us soon!