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Projects – Mineral resources

The projects investigated by the Czech Geological Survey within the frame of the main research priority "Research on mineral resources and environmental impact of mining" of the CGS Research Strategic Plan for 2012–2015.


Engineered barrier 200C

The aim of the project is to increase safety and to reduce cost of the geological repository of high-level radioactive waste. Safety is based on barrier system that prevents contamination spreading and expose of inhabitants. To this day in CZ concept (worldwide too) and associated R&D focused on temperatures below 100°C. Usage of higher temperatures can lead to the significant financial savings due to reduction of repository site (higher density of deposition places). The project therefore plans to use long-time in-situ experiment and associated research as a tool to check barrier performance at higher temperatures. Moreover, safety of the repository will be increased due to better inputs into safety assessment - important insight into barrier system and material behaviour will be gathered

Project manager: RNDr. František Laufek, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.06.2018–31.12.2025


Rock Environment and Natural Resources

The main goals of the project are research, monitoring and evaluation of the state of the rock environment, natural resources, geological hazards, and geological information in the Czech Republic, and to make those findings available to government agencies, organizations within the field, and to the general public. Research into deposits of strategic mineral resources within the territory of the Czech Republic will focus on identification and evaluation of deposits, study of refining and processing technology, and evaluation of potential exploitation of these resources as allowed by the Czech Republic. Research in the field of natural resources will be focused on selected karst regions (Moravský, Hranický, Javoříčsko-Mladečský, Chýnovský), which are noteworthy not only as hydrogeological structures with exploitable sources of groundwater (potable and mineral water), but also as regions of great value from the standpoint of nature preservation. The goal of the work is to define the areal extent of infiltration zones and risk factors that may affect the quality and quantity of groundwater. The work products will enable more effective decision-making by the relevant agencies in addressing needs for groundwater use vs. protection of newly defined hydrogeologic structures. With climate change and current expansion of socio-economic activities, both the environment and developed areas are becoming increasingly susceptible to landslide hazards. In order to provide protection from losses incurred from this geohazard, it is essential to have knowledge of and ability to accurately predict risks. The goal is to compile information on slope instability on the basis of modern technologies, which in turn will reduce costs of strategic planning of developments. Implementation of verified procedures in combination with innovative technologies will contribute to a more informed public, more effective infrastructure planning, and remediation of existing problems with slope stability.

Project manager: RNDr. Michal Poňavič, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.07.2020–30.06.2026


Nerostné suroviny PODPROJEKT 225000

Project manager: RNDr. Michal Poňavič, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.07.2020–31.12.2026


Research of promising mineral fillers and quartz raw materials in the Bohemian Massif, their treatment and use for modern industrial applications

The project is based on the need to identify promising as yet unextracted sources of mineral fillers and quartz raw materials in Czech Republic, to carry out their field reconnaissance, to define the potential of verified forecast sources and to assess the technological possibilities of their industrial use.

Project manager: Ing. Josef Godány Duration of the project: 01.06.2021–31.05.2023


Research of raw material potential of strategic raw materials in brines of the Bohemian Massif

Research focused on brines and mineralized waters as potential raw materials for obtaining industrially usable strategic minerals, elements or salts.

Project manager: Ing. Josef Godány Duration of the project: 01.06.2021–30.11.2023


Základní geologické mapování České republiky 1 : 25000 oblast Železné hory

Project manager: Mgr. Stanislav Čech Duration of the project: 01.01.2014–31.12.2025


Základní geologické mapování České republiky 1 : 25000, oblast Novohradské hory

Project manager: RNDr. Barbora Dudíková Schulmannová Duration of the project: 01.01.2014–31.12.2025


Základní geologické mapování České republiky 1 : 25000, oblast Pošumaví

Project manager: RNDr. Vladimír Žáček Duration of the project: 01.01.2014–31.12.2025


Základní geologické mapování České republiky 1 : 25000, oblast Český ráj II

Project manager: RNDr. Lilian Švábenická, CSc. Duration of the project: 01.01.2014–31.12.2025


Základní geologické mapování České republiky 1 : 25000, oblast Brdy

Project manager: RNDr. Tomáš Vorel Duration of the project: 01.01.2014–31.12.2025


Základní geologické mapování České republiky 1 : 25000, oblast Střední Morava

Project manager: Mgr. Pavla Tomanová Petrová, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.01.2014–31.12.2025


Revize prognózních zdrojů nerudních a rudních surovin, kategorie Q, ve Středočeském kraji

Project manager: RNDr. Štěpánka Mrázová, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.01.2021–31.12.2023


Synthetic platinum-group minerals and their applications

Synthetic analogues of platinum-group minerals (PGM) will be experimentally studied in series based on PGE carrier and according to principal ligands. A detailed crystallographic investigation will be given to PGM with stoichiometry 1:1:1. Most abundant Pd-dominant minerals (e.g. kotuskite PdTe) will be studied in terms of other element carriers (Ag, Bi, Cu, Sb, Sn, Se, etc.) and its solubility dependence on temperature. PGM will be investigated in terms of chemical and physical properties, crystal structure and thermal stability. The results should help the understanding of formation of PGM assemblages in nature and their finding and processing. Compounds of jacutingaite-family will be synthetised and studied in terms of their specific properties with application to material science. Structural, thermodynamic and electronic properties of PGM that can be considered as 2D materials will be studied. The detail knowledge of physical properties will help to predict their potential application in new nanotechnologies.

Project manager: RNDr. Anna Vymazalová, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.01.2022–31.12.2024


Interpreting geochemical data in igneous geochemistry: using the R language to develop new, and to integrate existing, free and open-source software

New approaches and tools will be developed for graphical presentation, recalculation and modelling of geochemical data in R language. Emphasis is on ‘P–T aware’ models of melting and magmatic differentiation, predicting the melt’s chemistry as a function of the source composition and the evolving thermodynamic conditions. The input, major-element data and phase proportions provided by MELTS and Perple_X thermodynamic software, will be enriched by trace-element data and high-level graphics. Besides that will be released comprehensive software for recalculation of mineral data obtained by microbeam techniques and conventional modelling of magmatic processes such as melting, crystallization and mixing/assimilation. All these efforts shall allow closer integration of many of the existing freeware into a single R environment that can be scripted, inter alia, via Jupyter-style Python-driven notebooks. This will lead to easier recalculation and visualization of geochemical datasets (both real and modelled), enable/improve interoperability, and increase reproducibility of the research.

Project manager: prof. Mgr. Vojtěch Janoušek, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.01.2022–31.12.2024


SEMACRET - Sustainable exploration for orthomagmatic (critical) raw materials in the EU: Charting the road to the green energy transition

Critical raw materials (CRMs) are fundamental to the EU industrial value chains and strategic sectors, particularly with regard to the green energy transition. This project is designed to develop socially and environmentally sustainable means of exploration for orthomagmatic CRMs.

Project manager: Mgr. Vojtěch Wertich, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.05.2022–30.04.2025


BrineRIS- Brines of RIS countries as a source of CRM and energy supply

BrineRIS project will locate brines in Europe suitable for economically feasible metal recovery and test the emerging recovery technologies in the lab. Focusing on RIS countries of the Iberian Peninsula and Visegrad Group, whose thermal brines resources are proven, the BrineRIS project will deliver verified information on brines enriched in Li and other valuable elements. Special attention will be paid to existing mine water inflows and operating geothermal wells. BrineRIS intends to achieve three key objectives: - To increase awareness of geothermal brines metallogenic potential in RIS countries by mapping brines resources and estimating the abundance of CRM and other valuable elements with specific attention to lithium; - To build the capacity of RIS countries in low-carbon metals mining technologies related to geothermal brines by sharing experience in developing innovative recovery solutions and knowledge exchange with key players in geothermal recovery from non-RIS countries; - To attract investors to RIS countries by developing an interactive platform of potential geothermal brines projects and preparing at least one investment case for the ERMA. That way, we increase the Project's geographical coverage to worldwide stakeholders.

Project manager: RNDr. Petr Rambousek Duration of the project: 22.07.2022–31.12.2024


A Geological Service for Europe - Critical Raw Materials, the International Centre of Excellence and United Nations Framework Classification

Project manager: RNDr. Zbyněk Gabriel, CSc. Duration of the project: 01.09.2022–31.08.2027


Multi-Miner: Multi-source and multi-scale earth observation and novel machine learning methods for mineral exploration and mine site monitoring

Project manager: Mgr. Veronika Strnadová, Ph.D. Duration of the project: 01.01.2023–30.06.2026

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