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15th International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece

22 May 2019
Athens, Greece
The International Congresses of the Geological Society of Greece are multidisciplinary earth science events, focusing on, but not limited to, the broader Aegean region and its surroundings, with the view to highlighting the contribution of geosciences to the study of natural resources, natural hazards and environment.

The 15th International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece – GSG2019: “Understanding and Protecting our Living Planet Earth”, will be held at the premises of Harokopio University, Athens, Greece, between 22-24 May 2019. SEGH will be joint convening the special session T4.S1: Geochemical mapping for environmental and resource management.

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Geochemical mapping for environmental and resource management (T4.S1)

(Jointly organized by the IUGS Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines (CGGB); the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH); and the EuroGeoSurveys Geochemistry Expert Group)

Conveners: Ar. Argyraki, (NKUA), A. Liakopoulos (IGME), A. Demetriades (IUGS-CGGB)

Keynote Speakers: Anna Ladenberger, Geological Survey of Sweden and Andrew Hursthouse, Univ. of the West of Scotland, UK

Session description: Geochemical maps are the principal means of presenting the spatial distribution of chemical elements and compounds in materials occurring at or below the Earth’s surface. The patterns revealed by geochemical mapping can provide information on a wide range of Earth processes at different scales, from nanometres to thousands of kilometres.

For example, continental- and regional-scale geochemical projects can identify districts of enhanced mineral potential within which targeted exploration can be conducted. They also provide the geochemical baseline that is required to evaluate effectively local-scale environmental projects. Mapping at a sub-mineral-grain scale can provide a basis for understanding mineralisation processes and to determine optimal strategies for extraction of valuable target elements, while the sub-micron distribution of trace elements in Earth materials can provide insights into their speciation, environmental fate and bioavailability. The focus of the session will be on geochemical surveys at all mapping scales for the study of the environment and natural resources. Our main objective is to provide the opportunity for young researchers to present their work and benefit from the interaction with well- established applied geochemistry experts. We particularly welcome studies that have combined geochemical data with data from other sources in order to provide tools for effective environmental and resource management.

For more information, please visit the GSG 2019 website

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