Understanding the Unique Geology of Cyprus

The Troodos Mountain, which appears at the back of the picture, is also Cyprus’ highest mountain.

The Troodos ophiolite complex constitutes a global geological treasure that permits the visitor to observe the genesis of Cyprus from the seabed. At the same time, one can study and understand the geological processes that occur in today’s ocean floors. In showcasing this uniqueness and helping understand hydrothermal alteration, the EU COST action Medsalt in collaboration with the Programme in Oil and Gas Engineering Program of the University of Nicosia’s are organizing a training school in Cyprus between September 11th and 15th. The training is part of the broader study of the world’s largest— 1.5-km thick salt giant— located beneath the seabed of the Mediterranean Sea also known as Messinian salt layer. Incidentally, this salt column is responsible for trapping natural gas in gas reservoirs of the Cypriot EEZ. Lectures will be delivered from renowned experts from Exxon-Mobil, ICTJA-CSIC Barcelona, ​​the University of Oxford and others. A cohort of 25 participants from 15 countries mainly consisting from PhD students, geologists, geophysicists and oceanographers will attend the event. Seminars will be complemented with a site visit to areas of particular geological interest, such as Pissouri and Psematismenos. The Geological Survey Department will be participating by organizing the site visit. Website Marine & Carbon Lab: www.carbonlab.eu

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