Geological Mapping

Knowledge of geological conditions is a fundamental tool for the design of development projects and policy making regarding sustainable development, efficient use and protection of mineral and water resources and hydrocarbons, the protection of the natural and built environment from geohazards, as well as for understanding the geological structure of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean in general.

Geological mapping on various scales (1:10,000 to 1: 31,000) has been carried out, in large areas of Cyprus (54% of the territory), resulting in the compilation of digital and printed geological maps. In the last thirty (30) years, detailed geological mapping is carried out at a scale of 1:5.000 in the field and geological maps are compiled at a scale of 1:25.000, which at the moment covers about 10% of the territory of Cyprus.

However, areas with insufficient geological information still exist, while offshore in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus (EEZ), there is a deficiency of knowledge regarding the tectonic structures and geology. Therefore, geological mapping is prioritized in order to expand the geological knowledge/information on Cyprus, through interdepartmental programs, international collaborations with universities and research institutions, as well as the cooperation with the Organization of the Geological European Surveys (EuroGeoSurveys – EGS).

The aim of the Department, is to continue the geological mapping, in order to gradually cover the entire island with detailed geological maps. At the same time, by participating in projects and collaborations mainly with EGS, the geological knowledge of Cyprus will be gradually supplemented, particularly in the area of the Cypriot EEZ. International and regional partnerships will also be strengthened, to fully address common challenges in geo-environmental issues and to provide expertise in geological objectives (topics, subjects).

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