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Contract number
075-15-2019-1883, 075-15-2022-1100
Time span of the project

As of 01.11.2022

Number of staff members
scientific publications
Objects of intellectual property
General information

Name of the project: Orogenesis: formation and growth of continents and supercontinents

Goals and objectives

Project objective:

1. Creation of a new high-profile center to study geochronology, geochemistry and paleomagnetism at the Institute of the Earth's Crust of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

2. Development of a number of paleogeographic models of formation, development of accretion growth of the Siberian craton in the global context, its collisions with the Baltic and terrains of Western Siberia that has lead to formation of Eurasia as well as models of collision and accretion orogenes related to this and ore formation related to them, processes of formation and development of sedimentary basins and hydrocarbon deposits.

The practical value of the study

Scientific results:

  • New models have been proposed describe the formation of the Siberian craton and its accretionary growth for various time intervals.
  • We have reviewed existing paleogeographic models and obtained new global reconstructions of the Archaean cratons (~2.6 billon years ago), the supercontinents Nuna (1.6-1.3 billion years ago), Rodinia (0.9-0.75 billon years ago), Gondwana (550-180 million years ago) and Pangea (330-180 million years ago), as well as for island-arc complexes of southern Siberia (500 million years ago) and Kamchatka (90-80million years ago), collision structures of the time of the closure of the Mongol-Okhotsk paleoocean (180 million years ago) and the post-collision extension (150-110 million years).
  • Data has been collected related to the correlation of supercontinent cycles and other global processes (magnetism, orogenesis, paleoclimate).
  • An array of new geochronological, geological, paleomagnetic, geichemical, isotope and other data concerning the Siberian craton and its framing, on the basis of which we proposed a number of new hypotheses related to orogenic processes.
  • Petrological and geochemical studies have been conducted, elucidating the formation of carbonatite magmas.
  • On the basis of new models of the formation, development and growth of the Siberian craton we have studied the processes of ore formation, the formation and development of sedimentary basins and hydrocarbon deposits.
Implemented results of research:
  • We have developed methodologies of multi-element analysis of minerals: in apatite using total reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis (TXRF); in olivine, pyroxene, amphiboles, garnets and zircon using laser ablation with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS).
  • Our researchers have refined several methodologies: the U-Pb dating of zircon and a series of  uranium-containing minerals using LA-ICP-MS, the dating of apatite and zircon by tracks of fission fragments, the research of minerals using confocal Raman spectroscopy.
  • We have modified a methodology of the classification of the quality of paleomagnetic research accounting for advanced methods of paleomagnetism research and the statistical analysis of results.
  • A number of certificates of state registration of computer software programs has been obtained from Rospatent: «DE-ZIR-teer» (a program for the processing and analysis of U,Th-Pb isotope geochronological data) and «Squid to Enkin converter» (a program for the conversion between formats of geochronoogical data). 
Education and career development:
  • One Doctor of Sciences and 4 Candidate of Sciences dissertations have been prepared and defended.
  • We have developed and launched research and education courses for the postgraduate school of the Institute of the Earth's Crust of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences: working programs «Paleomagnetism and paleogeography», working program «Exploration geophysics.», working program «Local methods of the research of matter in geology».
  • The Laboratory has developed a number of popular science lectures, employees of the Laboratory regularly deliver lectures and practical case studies for school and university students.
Organizational and structural changes:

A new high-tech center for geochronology, geochemistry and paleomagnetism at the Institute of the Earth's Crust of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.


University of Western Australia, University of Tasmania (Australia), Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vinogradov Institute of Geochemistry of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Geological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University (Russia): joint research.

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donskaya t.v.
Assembly of the Siberian Craton: Constraints from Paleoproterozoic granitoids // Precambrian Research, 2020, v. 348, 105869.
arzhannikova a.v., demonterova e.i., jolivet m., arzhannikov s.g., mikheeva e.a., ivanov a.v., khubanov v.b., pavlova l.a.
Late Mesozoic topographic evolution of western Transbaikalia: evidence for rapid geodynamic changes from the Mongol-Okhotsk collision to widespread rifting // Geoscience Frontiers, 2020, v. 11, no 5, p. 1695–1709. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gsf.2019.12.012
donskaya t.v., gladkochub d.p.
Post-collisional magmatism of 1.88–1.84 Ga in the southern Siberian Craton: An overview. Precambrian Research, 2021, v. 367, 106447. doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2021.106447
gladkochub d.p., donskaya t.v., pisarevsky s.a., ernst r.e., söderlund u., kotov a.b., kovach v.p., okrugin a.v.
1.79–1.75 Ga mafic magmatism of the Siberian craton and late Paleoproterozoic paleogeography // Precambrian Research, 2022, v. 370, 106557. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2022.106557
gladkochub d.p., donskaya t.v., pisarevsky s.a., salnikova e.b., mazukabzov a.m., kotov a.b., motova z.l., stepanova a.v., kovach v.p.
Evidence of the latest Paleoproterozoic (~1615 Ma) mafic magmatism the southern Siberia: Extensional environments in Nuna supercontinent. Precambrian Research, 2021, v. 354, 106049. doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2020.106049
ivanov a.v., corfu f., kamenetsky v.s., marfin a.e., vladykin n.v.
207Pb-excess in carbonatitic baddeleyite as the result of Pa scavenging from the melt // Geochemical Perspectives Letters, 2021, v. 18, p. 11–15. https://doi.org/10.7185/geochemlet.2117
malyshev s., ivanov a., khudoley a., kamenetsky v., kamenetsky m., marfin a., & lebedeva o.
Global Implication of Mesoproterozoic (1.4 Ga) Magmatism Within Sette-Daban Range (Southeast Siberia) // Scientific Reports, 2021, v. 11 (1), 20484. https://doi.org/s41598-021-00010-5
marfin a.e., radomskaya t.a., ivanov a.v., kamenetsky v.s., kamenetsky m.b., yakich t.yu., gertner i. f., kamo s.l., ernst r.e., bryanskiy n.v., glazunov o.m., belozerova
O.Yu. U–Pb Dating of apatite, titanite and zircon of the Kingash Mafic–Ultramafic Massif, Kan Terrane, Siberia: from Rodinia Break-up to the reunion with the Siberian Craton // Journal of Petrology, 2021, v. 62, p. 1-16, egab049. doi.org/10.1093/petrology/egab049
pisarevsky s.a., gladkochub d.p., donskaya t.v. chapter 8 - precambrian paleogeography of siberia, editor(s): lauri j. pesonen, johanna salminen, sten-åke elming, david a.d. evans, toni veikkolainen,
Chapter 8 - Precambrian paleogeography of Siberia, Editor(s): Lauri J. Pesonen, Johanna Salminen, Sten-Åke Elming, David A.D. Evans, Toni Veikkolainen, Ancient Supercontinents and the Paleogeography of Earth, Elsevier, 2021, p. 263-275. doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818533-9.00012-6.
powerman v. i., buyantuev m.d., ivanov a.v.
A review of detrital zircon data treatment, and launch of a new tool ‘Dezirteer’ along with the suggested universal workflow // Chemical Geology, 2021, v. 583, 120437. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2021.120437
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