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Geochemical and structural processes

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.06.08  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology  Environmental geology 

Code Science Field
P420  Natural sciences and mathematics  Petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry 

Code Science Field
1.05  Natural Sciences  Earth and related Environmental sciences 
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Researchers (22)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  15249  PhD Barbara Čenčur Curk  Geology  Researcher  2014 - 2017 
2.  21372  PhD Matej Dolenec  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
3.  06264  PhD Tadej Dolenec  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
4.  11229  PhD Uroš Herlec  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
5.  20407  Ema Hrovatin    Technical associate  2013 - 2017 
6.  18607  PhD Simona Jarc  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
7.  34383  PhD Darja Komar  Geology  Junior researcher  2013 - 2015 
8.  07177  PhD Breda Mirtič  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2014 
9.  38136  PhD Ana Novak  Geology  Junior researcher  2015 - 2017 
10.  23971  PhD Tomislav Popit  Geology  Researcher  2016 - 2017 
11.  26552  PhD Nastja Rogan Šmuc  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
12.  23426  PhD Boštjan Rožič  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
13.  20249  PhD Andrej Šmuc  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
14.  39235  PhD Aleš Šoster  Geology  Junior researcher  2016 - 2017 
15.  33140  PhD Anja Torkar  Geology  Junior researcher  2013 - 2016 
16.  17146  Miran Udovč    Technical associate  2013 - 2017 
17.  24253  PhD Timotej Verbovšek  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
18.  15900  PhD Marko Vrabec  Geology  Head  2013 - 2017 
19.  22449  PhD Mirijam Vrabec  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
20.  31991  PhD Petra Vrhovnik  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2015 
21.  31990  PhD Lea Žibret  Civil engineering  Junior researcher  2013 - 2014 
22.  29632  PhD Petra Žvab Rožič  Geology  Researcher  2013 - 2017 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  1555  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engeneering  Ljubljana  1627074 
A major research subjects and methods of the proposed program, which incorporate complex geological, petrological, mineralogical, geochemical, isotopical, sedimentological, paleoecological, hydrological, tectonical and structural investigations are: A) RESPONSE OF THE OCEAN/ATMOSPHERE SYSTEM TO PAST GLOBAL CHANGES - comprehensive high resolution isotopical and geochemical characteristics of P-T and T-J boundary in Slovenia. Our aim is to go beyond the identification of geochemical profile and tentative interpretations. Geochemical boundary research has reached a level of resolution which will allow us to provide quantitative analyses of the parameters causing global change. B) GEOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT AND ECOSYSTEMS – To determined d15N and d13C, heavy metals and to study dynamics of activated sludge production in Slovenia. We want to identify the possible influence of the wastewater treatment (wastewater treatment plant Kranj) on an environment, a potential release of heavy metals and platinum group elements PGEs from the sludge; To study environmental influence and anthropogenic impact as well as the biomineralization and calcification processes of various marine organisms from Adriatic Sea; Multidisciplinary approach of the origin of peloids of the eastern Adriatic coast which could be used for medical treatments and their possible contamination by some trace metals and other pollutants; Use of N and C stable isotope ratios and heavy metal concentrations to assess the effect of anthropogenic effect in POM and selected organisms as well as impacts of aquaculture in ecosystems in the costal environment of the Adriatic. Our research plan includes different tools such as stable isotopes, geochemistry, hydrology, microbiology, etc.; To investigate anthropogenic effects on the human environment in the Tertiary basins in the Macedonia; C) PETROGENESIS AND METALOGENESIS – Petrological, mineralogical and geochemical investigations of inner Dinaride ophiolite complexes and carbonatites (Macedonia); Petrogenesis and petrological characteristics of unique Gabbroic Rock "Čizlakit" (Pohorje, Eastern Alps); Petrological, geochemical and structural characteristics of Pohorje Marbles (Eastern Alps); Ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism in Pohorje Mountains; Investigations of Meteorites that fall on Slovenian territory; The origin of metallic and non-metallic minerals - research on genesis of pyrite at the P/T boundary; D) Petrological and mineralogical materials research cultural heritage - Natural stone decay; Archaeological materials; Historical mortars and geopolymers; E) Structural and tectonic processes - Active tectonics of the Adriatic indenter; Structural evolution of the Dinaric orogen; Small-scale structural processes; F) Paleontological and Sedimentological researches - Flysh sequences investigations in Slovenia, Italy and Southern Dinarides; G) Hydrogeological and geochemical research of Karstic and fractured aquifers in Slovenia.
Significance for science
Geochemical and structural processes represent the essential part of evolution of geological environment. They are important section of many cycles controlling changes that directly influent on mankind. For that reason geochemical and structural investigations are widely represented in all parts of science. We are fully acquainted in basic fields of geochemistry as well as in structure of natural materials to the extent by which we can appropriately contribute to international progress. Combining geochemical and structural processes that are in mutual relationships in geoenvironment is the main goal of our research. This will enable complementarity to worldwide trends. The study of coupled biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen in the sediments, at the water/sediment interface, and in the surrounding marine environments will promote better understanding of the ongoing interactions between physical/chemical properties and primary bioproduction fluctuations. The proposed program was also aimed at providing a contribution to a database on the distribution of major minor and trace element as well as heavy metal contamination of the waters, sediments, agricultural soils and edible plants in the Tertiary Basin.  The importance for the development of science is to understand the mechanisms governing the mobility and bioavailability of heavy metals in agricultural soil. The analysis of sedimentary sequences and rocks connected to the important geological time-boundaries in Slovenia provide an important contribution to the knowledge about geochemical and biogenical events in the Earth history. The later are an important subject that was exposed to the extensive studies in geological science recently. Characterization of mortars, renders, pavements and paint layers indicates the extension of certain knowledge and migration paths of inhabitants of the time when materials and knowledge migrated with them. This data enable us to reconstruct historical development of the Europe. Tectonics of the Dinarides and along the entire eastern rim of the Adriatic collision zone is still poorly understood. We aim to provide new data and answers to the outstanding problems (active kinematics, structural styles of active deformation, structural, temporal and paleostress evolution, etc.) From the geodynamic point of view, the presence of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in Pohorje Mountains serves as important indicator for subduction of continental lithosphaere into the enormous depths in the early period of Alpine orogen formation. The expected results will make an important change in the present knowledge about tectonic and paleogeographic evolution of the Alps. Karstic and fractured aquifers represent one of the most explored fields of research, especially in hydrogeology. The concept of fractal flow dimension in these aquifers is new and inadequately studied; therefore any research of this parameter represents a contribution to science.
Significance for the country
Advanced understanding of geochemical and structural processes is an essential base for better expertise of Slovenia region and the main goal of our research group. It provides the fundamental data needed for protection and preservation of natural geo-heritage and cultural heritage. Providing basic geological data necessary for permanent social and economic evolution of Slovenia in different fields (mining, civil engineering, seismic hazard, avalanches, architectural stones and artificial materials), is our second research aim. Gaining all necessary knowledge about sensitivity of geoenvironment for stressful events (anthropogenic pollution, natural hazard) on the basis of geochemical and structural data is our third and at the same time the most important goal. Previous investigations serve as good basis for successful continuation of environmental research. The proposed program includes important elements for strategic evolution of Slovenia. Good understanding and knowledge about geological structure of Slovenia will serve as essential base for social and economical evolution, mostly in parts that include road constructions, civil engineering, landslides engineering, exploitation of natural materials, discovering and use of architectural (building) stones, evaluation and improvement of living environment. For providing the best possible utilization of basic research and knowledge, cooperation in broad social and economic field was established. With including external collaborators from different scientific fields (road building, civil engineering, ecology, nature protection) in our research group the direct interdisciplinary joint research and cooperation was successfully enabled. The expected results will contribute to the knowledge of geological evolution of Slovenia and provide the missing data for wider European region. With proper age determinations, and extensive studying of orogeny, mineralogy, mineral deposits, rock types and soils the basic geological part of natural heritage will be expanded and updated. The value of the use of natural stone must be present to its user, so one can choose the right kind of stone on the right place. As natural stone for building purposes represent geographical significance of cultural region in Slovenia, there is a need to know about its behavior and durability in the environment in which it is built in. Quantifying the rates of active tectonic deformation will significantly improve the existing knowledge about earthquake hazard in the territory of Slovenia. Flysch sequences covers most part of the Slovenian coastal region and their investigation has a profound effect on the, not only basic science but also on the engineering geology and most importantly on the water supply. Karstic and fractured carbonate aquifers also represent a major future source of uncontaminated drinking water. Therefore these studies are of great economic importance, from the viewpoint of rational planning of water well locations.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2013, 2014, 2015, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2013, 2014, 2015, final report
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