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During the summer 2011 scientists of the Kyrgyzstan Geocryology Group (KGG) carried out the following activities in permafrost areas:

Murataly Duishenakunov (PhD student at Kyrgyz National University J.Balasagyn, Bishkek and at ZEU, Giessen University, Germany) continued his studies on “Water resources of Central Asia mountainous regions – their importance to the water balance of semiarid regions”. Automatic temperature loggers in permafrost areas were read out and the data was analyzed from sites installed during the previous summer in the upper Kichi- and Chon-Naryn catchments. Additional temperature loggers were installed in the Basin of Kumtor River.

The Kyrgyz Geocryology Group paid special attention to the Kumtor gold mining sites. Located in the Tian Shan range in permafrost areas at more than 4,000 m above sea level, Kumtor is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world after Yanacocha (Peru), and the largest gold mine operated in Central Asia. It produced more than 7.8 million ounces of gold between 1997 and the end of 2010, and in 2010 Kumtor’s gold production was 567,802 ounces. Detailed information may be found in www.centerra.ca/properties/kumtor/.

The geocryology group of Kyrgyzstan visited the base station of the Central Asian Institute of Applied Geosciences (CAIAG) at Lake Merzbacher that is well known for its glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). They discussed current glaciological projects with international scientists working on Inylchek glacier. Detailed information on the activities of CAIAG, its structure and staff is given on http://www.caiag.kg/index.php?id=363&L=2.

Members of the Kyrgyz Geocryology Group (KGG) meet at the Lake Merzbacher station of CAIAG.
From left to right: Murataly Duishonakunov (KNU, Bishkek), Sheishenaly E. Usupaev (CAIAG),
Bolot Moldebekov (CAIAG Co-Director), Lorenz King (CAIAG advisory board), Ryskul Usubaliev (CAIAG).