Further investigations on Ly Son volcanic island

Thursday - 18/10/2018 04:13
On 16 and 17 October, Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR) and geologists from Korea paid a field visit to Ly Son island in a bid to further study the formation of the island.

Led by Dr. Tran Tan Van, VIGMR Director, VIGMR specialists and volcanic specialists from Jeju Island UNESCO Global Geopark, Dr. Jeon Yongmun, and from Korea Geological Environmental Institute, Dr. Ryu Choonkil, carefully examined typical sites on Ly Son Big and Small islets.

With abudant experciences in studying volcanic activities in Korea, two Korean specialists shared their understanding and initial viewpoints on the formation and evolution of volcanoes in Ly Son island. A lot of in-situ discussions among experienced volcanic geologists either shed light on assumptions of uncertainty or affirmed the research findings so far on various features and information of the volcanic island.
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The survey team in an on-site discussion on Small island

Excited with diverse and special features of Ly Son island, especially Small islet, Dr. Jeon suggested that the islet should be turned into an educationcal center on geology for students and tourists.

Echoing this recommendation, Dr. Tran Tan Van shared with tour guides in a talk after the field trip, “This is in line with current tourism trend. Tourism now is not only for travelling and relaxing, it would be much more meaningful if you take home new understanding while exploring the earth sciences.” The talk on tourism resources was hosted by Quang Ngai Tourism Association with the participation of 50 guides in the province.

The visits of international specialists not only help the research of heritages in the aspiring geopark but also strengthen international cooperation with fellow geoparks in the world.

Author: Dzung Nguyen

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