AKHP Public Lecture: Tajikistan’s Geo-Environmental Conditions: Changes and Risks

Date: 04 March 2021
The Aga Khan Humanities Project of the University of Central Asia (AKHP / UCA) is pleased to announce a Public Lecture  on Thursday, March 4th, 3:00 PM TJT (GMT+5) on “Tajikistan’s Geo-Environmental Conditions: Changes and RisksIt will be delivered by Ansor Niyozov, Senior Researcher, Department of Geography, National Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan. The lecture will be streamed online in English Zoom.

The University of Central Asia’s Aga Khan Humanities Project (UCA AKHP) is pleased to announce a series of public lectures by prominent academics, public figures and experts from Tajikistan.

The AKHP public lectures on the theme of ‘Interdisciplinary Discourse in the Context of Humanities and Scientific Research’ are aimed at enhancing the professional development of education practitioners at higher education institutions in Tajikistan and creating an open platform for discussing the pressing challenges of today’s world, mobilising new ideas, and expanding dialogue between scholars, the intellectual environment, educators and students.

Ansor Niyozov
Senior Researcher, Department of Geography, National Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan.

Abstract
Tajikistan lies in the heart of Central Asia, far from oceans and major seas, meaning that it has an extreme continental climate. Tajikistan’s geo-environmental conditions are shaped by the specific features of its geology, hydrology and atmosphere. The country’s complex geology — it is located where two major tectonic plates (the Eurasian and the Indian (Gondwana)) collide – has determined the specific features of the emergence and development of the elements of its geosphere – its terrain, drainage system soils and climate. Tajikistan’s geo-environmental conditions have naturally undergone changes over time, and its geological evolution today is complex and dynamic. The main environment in which these features emerge and develop is the lithosphere, the Earth’s rocky outer part, including its crust and part of its upper mantle. The effect of the collision between the Indian tectonic plate, from the southeast, and the Eurasian, from the north-northeast, in Tajikistan can be seen its terrain today, specifically in the form of its high (up to 7.5 km) Pamir and Tian Shan Mountains. West of the collision boundary, in the tensile zone, spreads the broad trough of the Alay-Vakhsh Valley. Similarly, the Ferghana Valley has formed beyond the upper (Tian Shan) section. The alternation of valleys and mountain systems running roughly north-south, and the sharp uplift in terrain in the east, have shaped Tajikistan’s climate: the climate around Hisor in the west is very different from that in the Pamir. Tajikistan’s soils, which cover only around a third of its territory, date exclusively to young Mesozoic/Cenozoic formations, developed in the intermontane basins. The level of industrial and agricultural transformation of the surface of the country’s lithosphere is low. The human impact is most noticeable in urban areas and in mining and manufacturing, which cover an insignificant area. 

Tajikistan’s geo-environmental conditions can generally be described as favourable, unchanged by humans, and characterised by widely developed recreational resources.
  
Moderator
Professor Pulat Shozimov, Doctor of Philosophy, Acting Head of the Aga Khan Humanities Project (UCA/AKHP)

Language
The lecture will be given in Russian. 

Format
The lecture will start at 3:00 PM TJT (GMT+5) on 4th Thursday 2021 in the form of a ZOOM meeting via the following link:
Meeting ID 972 8305 1423
Passcode: 520057

Location
University of Central Asia, 61/2 Nisor Muhammad Street, Dushanbe

Registration
Please confirm your participation by sending an email to pulat.shozimov@ucentralasia.org  

About the Author 
Ansor Niyozov is a graduate of the Tajik National University. In 1990, he was awarded a Candidate’s degree in Geology and Mineralogy in Irkutsk.  He is an Outstanding Educational Figure and Outstanding Cultural Figure of the Republic of Tajikistan. He is the author of more than 250 research works, including 12 monographs. His research interests include geology, geo-ecology, geodesy, and information and communications technology.
 
*Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees. 

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