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The study of Dr George Constantinou and Ioannis Panayides is focused on the role of geology in Cyprus, the formulation of its natural environment which eventually determined its historical and cultural evolution. 

Cyprus’ geographical position, its natural beauty, peculiar climate but above all the extended exploitation of its rich natural resources have been equally significant for its historical development. Its natural resources include minerals, mainly copper-bearing, extensive and renewable forests, and water. These recourses come for the most part from the Troodos mountain range and are linked with its geological evolution.

The creation of the island was the result of a series of unique and complex geological fermentations that lasted for a few tenths of millions of years. The apex of Troodos, covered in pine trees and a wealth of flora, was formed by means of subaqueous volcanic action at the bottom of a large ancient ocean, known as the Tethys sea, 90 million years ago, and later on emerged at 2000 meters above sea level.

This research lead to the publication Cyprus and Geology. Science - Environment - Culture.