[MSDP] MSDP - Mutnovsky Scientific Drilling Project

Climate & Ecosystems

Year of Application: 2007

Expedition ID: 5035

Current Status: done

active volcano
thermal regimes
volcanic systems
Master Data

Prof. Dr. Francois Holtz (PI)

Projektstart: 9 January, 2005
Geologisches Alter:

Latitude: 52°27'11''N


Regionen & Städte:

Mutnovsky Volcano

Longitude: 158°11'42''E

Russian Federation


hard rock

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Mutnovsky volcano and Mutnovsky geothermal reservoir in Kamchatka, Russia provide an ideal geometry for exploring the magma-hydrothermal connection by drilling. A 62 MWe power plant taps a productive zone that strikes towards Mutnovsky's active vent with 700°C fumaroles. Geochemical data support the view that the geothermal fluids are derived from the environment of Mutnovsky's hot conduit.

Related Publications

Shishkina, Tatiana A., Portnyagin, Maxim V., Botcharnikov, Roman E., Almeev, Renat R., Simonyan, Anna V., Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter, Schuth, Stephan, Oeser, Martin, Holtz, Francois (2018). "Experimental calibration and implications of olivine-melt vanadium oxybarometry for hydrous basaltic arc magmas" American Mineralogist 103 (3) p369-383

Shishkina, Tatiana A., Botcharnikov, Roman E., Holtz, Francois, Almeev, Renat R., Jazwa, Aleksandra M., Jakubiak, Artur A. (2014). "Compositional and pressure effects on the solubility of H2O and CO2 in mafic melts" Chemical Geology p112-129

Almeev, Renat R., Holtz, Francois, Ariskin, Alexei A., Kimura, Jun-Ichi (2013). "Storage conditions of Bezymianny Volcano parental magmas: results of phase equilibria experiments at 100 and 700 MPa" Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 166 p1389-1414

Shishkina, T. A., Botcharnikov, R. E., Holtz, F., Almeev, R. R., Portnyagin, M. V. (2010). "Solubility of H2O- and CO2-bearing fluids in tholeiitic basalts at pressures up to 500 MPa" Chemical Geology 277 p115-125

Lozhkin, A. V., Anderson, P. M., Matrosova, T. V., Minyuk, P. S., Brigham-Grette, J., Melles, M. (2007). "Continuous record of environmental changes in Chukotka during the last 350 thousand years" Russian Journal of Pacific Geology 1 (6) p550-555