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Mutnovsky Scientific Drilling Project



Mutnovsky VolcanoMutnovsky 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. An international workshop will be held to prioritize and sharpen definitions of primary scientific objectives, and frame a scientific drilling proposal. Objectives to be discussed include:

  1. Identifying magmatic components in fluids proximal to the conduit and their relationship to fluids of the producing system.
  2. Monitoring physical parameters to assess the hydraulic connectedness of the volcanic and geothermal systems.
  3. Acquiring and interpreting, in terms of magma evolution, a comprehensive eruption and chemical history of Mutnovsky volcano.
  4. In-situ measurement of the response of the magma-hydrothermal system to earthquakes and eruptions, including precursory changes.
  5. Comparing the conduit environment of a short-repose period volcano with that of Unzen, a long-repose period volcano.
  6. Determining the overall volatile and thermal budget of the volcano by assessing subsurface hydrothermal advection as well as emission to atmosphere

(Photo ©:Marco Fulle - Inside the Mutnovsky crater looking at SW. Active fumaroles melt the giant glacier.)



Asia, Russia, Kamchatka, Mutnovsky Volcano, 70 km south of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky



52° 27' 11'' N, 158° 11' 42'' E (Please scroll down to end of page for more information.)


Project Start and End
  • not yet determined


Programs and Funding


Principal Investigators
  • Alexsey Kiryukhin, Kamchatka Science Center, Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Far East Division
  • John C. Eichelberger, U.S. Geological Survey at Reston, Volcano Hazards Program
  • John C. Eichelberger, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Graduate School
  • Pavel Izbekov, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, Alaska Volcano Observatory


Cooperating Principal Investigators
  • Ivan Chernev, State Company 'Geotherm'
  • Evgenii I. Gordeev, Kamchatka Science Center, Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Far East Division
  • V. Luzin, State Company 'Geotherm'
  • K. Prüss, New Brunswick National Laboratory
  • Oleg N. Selyangin, Kamchatka Science Center, The Research Geotechnological Centre, Far East Division
  • Noriyoshi Tsuchiya, Tohoku University, Graduate School of Science, Environmental Science, Geomaterial and Energy Laboratory
  • Kasumi Yasukawa, National Institute of AIST, Geological Survey of Japan, Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment
  • Michail E. Zelinsky, Kamchatka Science Center, Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Far East Division
  • Michail E. Zelinsky, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Experimental Mineralogy


Partners and Contractors



Active Volcano, Geothermy, Hydrothermal, ICDP-2005/08, KAMCHATKA, Magma, MSDP, MUTNOVSKY, Russia, Thermal Regimes


Current State



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