Convergent Margins

Country: Turkey

City: Trabzon

Abstr. due: 01.02.2014

Dates: 21.05.14 — 23.05.14

Area Of Sciences: Geology and mineralogy;

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Organizers: Karadeniz Technical University

Conference fees and accomodation: 60-250 TL


The role of plate tectonics in the processes of construction and destruction of continents, cratons and supercontinents and their bearing on the evolution of life, resources and environment in our planet have been focal themes of resarch in Earth Science in the recent decades. Among the various plate boundaries, convergent margins play the most crucial role, with subduction zones acting as a conveyor belt for the production and destruction of continental crust. Oceanic subduction zones are also important regions where mass exchange occurs between Earth’s exterior and interior. Convergent margins are also the cites of most intense geological processes such as magmatism, metamorphism, crust-mantle interaction and related tectonics. The geochemical characteristics of magmatic rocks, pressure-temperature conditions of metamorphic rocks and the depositional environments of sedimentary rocks in fossil convergent margins provide important clues on the accretionary growth of continents. The huge earthquakes on subduction megathruts, tsunamis, landslides,  intense volcanic eruptions and other geohazards in modern convergent margins also threaten human life, ecosystems, infrastructure and economy.

The workshop ‘Convergent Margins’ will be held on 21-23 May, 2014, at the Karadeniz Technical University in Trabzon, Turkey. The aims of the workshop are:
to share the latest scientific database and models on convergent margins and related geological processes;
to foster the active involvement of young earth scientists and to provide a common intellectural forum to an discuss their research and ideas with experts;
to encourage multidisciplinary and international research collaborations.

We believe that this workshop make an important contribution to our understanding of the geological processes in convergent plate margins, and it would attract a wide-spectrum of earth scientists working on tectonics, petrology, ore genesis, oceans and life evolution.

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