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  VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS  
     
 

VOLCANOLOGY

AURUM Consultants specializes in regional and local scale field studies of active or recent volcanoes and of ancient volcanic systems and sequences, oriented towards:

  • In situ geological investigations of volcanic terrains aimed towards mining and geothermal exploration.
  • Specialized geological mapping of volcanic areas.
  • Evaluation of geological hazards in active volcanic areas.
  • Chronostratigraphy and petrology of volcanic systems.

Related to volcanology matters we also carry out the following specific activities

  • Determination and characterization of textures, physical properties, size and provenance of volcanic products.
  • Applied physical volcanology courses, both theoretical and practical, in recent and ancient terrains.
  • Sampling of volcanic units for geochronology, geochemistry etc.

GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS

Studies are carried out of potential geological hazards, their recurrence in time, their effects on the design and functioning of civil engineering projects and their eventual effect on populated areas or urbanization projects. As a part of these studies, recommendations are made in order to mitigate the effects of hazardous geological processes and the conditions which favour them.

We specialize in:

  • Volcanic hazards and their evaluation in both proximal and distal areas, including the effects of pyroclastic and detrital (e.g. lahars) flows, lava flows, pyroclastic fall deposits, landslides, etc.
  • Landslide hazards, such as mud or detrital flows, lahar generation, flows associated with the collapse of mine tips and tailings dams, landslides, rockfalls and avalanches.

  • Flood hazards, associated with rainfall or tsunamis.


 
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