The laboratory studies accretion-collision and endogenous ore-forming processes based on the correlation of geological, geochemical and geochronological data.

Central Asian Fold Belt (CAFB) and the southern part of the Siberian craton, located on the territory of Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are the objects of research. A unique feature of CAFB is more than 800 million years long active tectonic and magmatic activity in the southern periphery of the Siberian craton. The most striking magmatic event is associated with the appearance of the Siberian superplume 250 million years ago, which led to the catastrophic climate change and the evolution of the organic world.

Initial stages of the Central Asian fold belt development reconstruction, crust-forming processes and milestones in its geological history, the definition of the role of the plume activity in the evolution of geological processes are key and most urgent tasks in deciphering the evolution of Asian continental lithosphere. These issues are currently being widely discussed among domestic and foreign geologists.

Main research areas are: 1) general and regional problems of tectonics and geodynamics, paleotectonics and paleogeography of the Asian continent; 2) petrology and metallogeny of magmatic complexes; 3) geodynamics, tectonics and geochronology of fault zones; 4) thermochronology of metamorphic, igneous and metallogenic complexes; 5) stratigraphy and geochemistry of sedimentary strata, geochronology of detrital zircons; 6) interlinkage of plumes manifestation, accretion-collision, sedimentary and ore processes.

International partners of the Laboratory: University of Ghent, Belgium; University of Hong Kong; Xinjiang Research Center for Mineral Resources, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi.

Expert in the field: Doctor in Geology and Mineralogy Mikhail Buslov, buslov@igm.nsc.ru

Department of Geology and Geophysics at NSU
Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences