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Volcanology: Geological, Archeological and Contemporary

Dr. R. A. Duraiswami


Dr. M. S. Bodas



Continental Flood Basalts and related Volcanics: Current status of knowledge and future work possibilities

Raymond A. Duraiswami (India)

Stephen Self (USA),

Hetu Sheth (India)

1. Dr. R. A Duraiswami and his students are actively engaged in the studying physical volcanology of the Deccan Traps, Sylhet Traps and the Javakheti Volcanic plateau, Georgia.

2.Stephen Self is the former Vice President (2011-2015) and Life Member of the International Association of Volcanology & Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) and past leader of UK’s Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group. He has worked extensively on volcanoes and continental flood basalt terrains of the world and is well published.

CFB provinces, physical volcanology, chemostratigraphy, 3-D architecture, climate change.

The Indian subcontinent hosts several Archean, Proterozic and Mesozoic CFB provinces. The Archean volcanism and associated volcanic plumbing system of dyke swarms and sills in the Peninsular shields offer unique sites to unravel and understand petrogenesis of ancient flood basalt sequences. With over half a million square kilometres, the Deccan Traps is one of the better studied CFB provinces in the world. Attempts at integrating physical volcanology, geochemistry and geophysical studies to build 3-D facies architecture of volcanic successions and their impact on climate are ongoing. The Rajmahal Traps liked to the Kerguelen LIP, the Rajamundry Traps etc. are topics of interest. The symposium invites abstracts on current status of knowledge and future work possibilities by exchange of ideas and comparing provinces from India with other global CFBs like Karoo, CRB, Siberian Traps, etc.

Island Arc volcanics

Martin Jutzeler,


Hiro Yamagishi,


Tapan Pal,


1. Prof. Hiro Yamagishi is a noted volcanologist from the Geological Survey of Japan who has worked extensively on Island arc volcanism. He has publications on geochemistry of island arc basalts and volcanology of pillow lava-hyaloclastite sequences from the Japanese and related arcs.

2. Dr. Tapan Pal has dedicated his service at Geological Survey of India on studying the Andaman and Nicobar volcanism. His notable works include the study of pyroclastics from the Barren Island volcano.

Island arc, subduction, stratovolcanoes, atmospheric mass load

Island arc volcanism is closely associated with the subduction of ocean and continental lithosphere and produce spectacular archipelagos of stratovolcanoes that constitute the famed ‘rings of fire’. These include many famous volcanoes like Etna, Vesuvius, Pinatubo, Fujiyama, Krakatau and Toba to name a few. These stratovolcanoes are notorious for violent explosions and stratospheric mass loading that lead to greenhouse effects and climate change.

India-Asia collision produced island arc in the NW Himalayas and along the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These regions are closely associated with Island arc volcanics (Khardung, Dras, etc) or with dormant and active volcanoes like the Narcondam and Barren volcano. Besides these, the Taftan-Bazman (Iran) and Kuhi-e-Sultan (Pakistan) are important stratovolcanoes in the vicinity of the subcontinent. The symposium aims to review the latest status of research in Island arc volcanism and will focus on the siesmo tectonics, volcanic products, monitoring and mitigating natural hazards posed by this type of volcanism.

Volcanism and its influence on human civilization

Makarand Bodas (India)

Karol Nemeth

(New Zealand)

Loyc Vanderkluysen, (USA)

Himanshu Kulkarni, (India)

1. Dr. Karoly Nemeth’s areas of expertise include physical volcanology, magma-water interaction research, and volcanic hazard studies. Nemeth’s research is centered on understanding monogenetic volcanism and volcanic field evolution across the globe.

2. Dr. Makarand Bodas was a member of the team that established stratigraphy of a thick lava pile of the Western Deccan sequence using geochemical signatures. His current interests are i) understanding relationships between lava morphologies and different types of slope failures in the Deccan Province and ii) studying transitional flows in the Deccan Province.

3. Dr. Loyc Vanderkluysen research involves wide array of methods, ranging from volcano monitoring and thermal remote sensing, to high-temperature geochemistry, igneous petrology, and experimental volcanology.

Geoheritage, dormant and active volcanoes, natural hazard, groundwater

Under theis symposium, we invite multidisciplinary contributions addressing various aspects of study of volcanic rocks from the older sequences to active and contemporary volcanic fields. The use of Deccan basalts and trachyte in the range of Indian architectonic heritage, from antiquity to current times, is quite fascinating. The world famous Ajanta and Ellora caves, forts, temples and ancient, medieval and contemporary buildings in and around Pune-Mumbai are perfect examples of how the basalts have carved a niche in the cultural ethos of the people for western India. The symposium invites contributions highlighting various methods of study of volcanic rocks on earth and other planets, their importance in human civilization