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Department of Antarctic Geology and Geoecology have been formed in April 2004 as a result of reorganization of the Department of Geoecology.

Head of Department - Director of the Institute of Geological Sciences of NAS of Ukraine, Academician of NAS of Ukraine, Professor PF Gozhik.

The following research areas are developed:

1. The study of geology of impact structures and environmental consequence of their formation.

Chief scientist – Senior sci. worker, Prof. Gurov E. P. (e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Collaborators: Res. Chernenko, Y. O., Jun. Res. Yamnichenko A. Y.

The main objects of study - impact structures of the Ukrainian Shield and other regions, including such craters as El'gygytgyn (Chukotka), Macha (Aldan Shield), etc. Together with colleagues from Austria and the UK they study Boltysh impact crater in the Ukrainian Shield the second crater formed 65 Ma at the K/T boundary simultaneously with the Chixhulub crater causing the mass extinction at the end of the Mesozoic.

The comparative analyses of the Ames and Avak craters in USA with the Obolon impact structure in the Ukrainian Shield is provided to estimate the possibility of oil and gas resources in it.

The experience of studying of the impact structures by the group of space geology has been summarized in the monograph “Impact crater formations in the history of the Earth” (authors - Gurov E. P. and Gozhik P. F., 2006).


2. Chemical geoecology of Antarctic, that includes

- chemistry of heterogeneous processes, that take place in the atmosphere of polar regions;

- glaciochemistry and biogeochemistry of the Antarctic,

- application of reversed gas chromatography to study the surface properties of natural and synthetic objects and their behaviors in polar environment,

- the development of mass-balance models and the use of correlation structure-activity relationships for predicting the behavior of persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals in different components of Antarctic environment

Chief scientist – Chief Sci. worker, Dr. of Chem. Bogillo V. Y. (e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Collaborators:

Bazylevska MS – Senior Sci. Worker, Dr., research interests – migration and distribution of halogenated hydrocarbons and heavy metals in the geological environment of the polar regions;

Tkachenko E. Y. – Res., Dr. (Scientific Secretary of the Department) - Research interests - chemical reactions and snow-air interactions that proceed due to the dynamic electrification processes under the wind (triboelectrification) and static electrification processes that arise during the growth of ice crystals.


3. Creation of geomorphologic and satellite data databases and mapping of West Antarctic region with aim to study the geoid topography

Chief scientist – Senior sci. worker, Dr. Greku R.Kh.

(e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Collaborators:

Res., Dr. Greku T. R., ingin., Makridicheva I. S., chief Spec. Vernigorov V. P.

- Echo-sounding observations and relief mapping of the ocean floor of some West Antarctic shallow archipelagos (SCAR Subsidiary Bodies Membership: International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean (IBCSO) (www.scar.org/researchgroups/Subsid_Body_Mems_Aug09.pdf))

- Development of gravimetric tomography method using data of gravitational geoid model with aim to determine the deep structure of the Antarctic lithospheric plate.

- Development of comprehensive maps of the topography and dynamic of Antarctic Peninsula ice cover of the area near Akademik Vernadsky Station using using satellite radar  interferometry (InSAR technology) (European Space Agency grant (AO3.358)).

- As the result International Polar Year work program in the framework of POLENET project Atlas of the deep structure of the Antarctic, including vertical sections and maps of the lateral distribution of the density inhomogeneities of the Earth have been published (English, Russian).  The electronic version of the Atlas can be found at the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine (www.uac.gov.ua/ua/atlas2009).

- Using Satellite Altimetry  data the geoid of Black and Azov Seas have been studied, as well as Bellinghausen Sea in Antarctica.

For a number of these streamlines similar studies are conducted on the territory of Ukraine and the East European platform.