Juvenile crust, mantle magmatism and metallogeny of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Progress Report of IGCP#592

Safonova I., Seltmann R., Sun M., Xiao W., Dong Y., EYÜBOĞLU Y., ...More

EPISODES, vol.39, no.1, pp.59-69, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.18814/epiiugs/2016/v39i1/89238
  • Journal Name: EPISODES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.59-69
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The IGCP-Project #592 "Continental construction in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt compared to actualistic examples from the western Pacific" funded by UNESCO-LUGS was launched in 2012 and catalysed an explosion of research activities in Central Asia itself and in other countries engaged in investigations on that region. The results, some of which can be highlighted as break-through advances in our understanding of geological processes, were published in-60 articles in SCI peer-reviewed journals and reported at six scientific conferences. This paper summarizes main topics and scientific results of the 3rd year of project activities. The meeting program included international conferences and workshops in China, Turkey and Russia and the educational program included nine lecture and field training courses and other capacity building activities in the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, China and Japan. In 2014, participants from more than 50 countries joined the research and meeting activities of IGCP#592, of which more than 35% were women and young scientists. The major scientific results come from the study of proportions of juvenile and recycled crust in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) with special focuses on the timing of granitoid and mafic magmatism, contribution of deep mantle processes, formation ages and genesis of major metal deposits, and comparison of the CAOB with the modern western Pacific.