Results of geophysical research on the Zmiyinyy island


  • V.C. Svistun Dnepropetrovsk geophysical expedition «Dneprogeofezika», Dnieper, Ukraine, Ukraine
  • P.I. Pigulevskiy S.I. Subbotin Institute of Geophysics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine, Ukraine



Zmiiny Island, geological and geophysical research, gravity prospecting, magnetic prospecting, electrical prospecting, well, fresh water


The article presents the results of geophysical observations by the Dnepropetrovsk geophysical expedition «Dneprogeofizika» on Zmiyinyy Island, which performed a full cycle of work from prospecting and surveying studies to providing the island with drinking water.

In structural and tectonic conditions, the island is considered as the Zmiyinyy insular block of the Danubian horst megablock. The geodynamics of the region is determined by the position and inclination of the collision sutures within the zone of interaction between the Eurasian and African lithospheric plates. Comprehensive geological and geophysical studies included magnetic prospecting, gravity prospecting and electric sounding (Dipole-axial sounding induced polarization DAS-IP) with geological routes along all rock outcrops on the Zmiyinyy island. Detailed integrated geophysical studies were: gravimetric observations over a network of 20×10 m, magnetometric — 10×5 m and electrometric (DAS-IP) — 40×5 m. For the first time on the island, gravimetric stations were set up, which will later become a support for gravimetric surveys. According to the results of magnetic field survey and DAZ-OP electrical exploration observations, an anomalous area was identified, which is perspective for archaeological research. Based on a comprehensive interpretation of geological and geophysical materials, a well was drilled to a depth of 120 m, which confirmed the constructed predictive stratigraphic section of about. Zmiyinyy. Based on the results of the search for sources of drinking water, three wells were drilled, with a fresh water flow rate of up to 10 m3 per day (each). Subsequently, fresh water with minor purification is used as drinking water.


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How to Cite

Svistun, V., & Pigulevskiy, P. (2023). Results of geophysical research on the Zmiyinyy island. Geofizicheskiy Zhurnal, 45(2).