Previous Directors and their Activities

Nasser Saf Asfi (195-1961)

  • Approving establishment law of the Geological Survey of Iran
  • Chairmanshipip of Eng. Saf Asfi with assistance of Eng. Nasrollah Khadem
  • Membership in International Union of Gological Science (IUGS)
  • Approving 6 years plan by United Nation (UN) aiming at scientific cooperation in executive and development programs
  • Establishment of Industries and Mines Ministry

Studying Shakourabad iron mine located in Zanjan as the first applied research of GSI

 

 

 

Nasrollah Khadem (1962-1973)

  • Integration of Trade Ministry with Industries and Mines Ministry and establishing Ministry of Economy
  • Technical-expertise cooperation between United Nations and Geological Survey of Iran and beginning of the first step of plan with cooperation of Johan Schtoklin
  • Starting thematic 1:100,000 mapping (non-systematic)
  • Starting systematic 1:250,000 mapping
  • Establishing and Commencing National Stratigraphy Committee consisting of representatives
  • National Iranian Oil Company, Iran Petroleum Exploration and Extraction Company and Geological Survey of Iran)
  • Introduction of some geological formations
  • Studying Central Alborz with cooperation of Milan University (Italy) and Federal Institute of Technology University (Switzerland)
  • Putting into operation of cartographic department and training scientifi staf for technical preparation of geological maps with cooperation and technical supervision of Swiss experts
  • Publishing the first geological report in Geological Survey of Iran
  • Preparing preliminary map entitled “Distribution Map of Iran Ore Deposits”
  • Starting thematic exploration projects
  • Implementing bauxite and refractory materials exploration project
  • Establishing geophysics department
  • Dispatching experts to France, Germany and England for graduate studies aiming at familiarity with modern research methods
  • Constructing GSI building near Mehrabad Airport
  • Constructing library, laboratory and museum in GSI
  • Disbanding groundwater group in GSI
  • Exploration of phosphate-bearing layer in Yazd and publishing the first report on Iran’s phosphate reserves
  • Publishing the first geological map on 1:250,000 scale (Golpayegan sheet)
  • The second step plan of technical cooperation between United Nations and GSI
  • Signing contract with Institute of Geology, Radioactive and Nuclear Materials of Yugoslavia, Belgrade
  • Starting preparation of 23 geological sheets on 1:100,000 scale
  • Publishing 2 geological maps and reports on 1:500,000 scale
  • Publishing the first geological map on 1:100,000 scale
  • Starting regional project of preparing Kerman geological maps on 1:100,000 scale in the Format of regional projects
  • Starting engineering geology studies by investigating landslides of Haraz Road
  • Geological and mineral studies on Jajarm bauxite
  • Preparing “Tectonic Map of Iran” and “Distribution Map of Iran Ore Deposits” on 1:2,500,000 scale
  • Continuing geological studies in the framework of regional proects in Birjand area
  • Establishing Ministry of Industries and Mines and transferring activities of GSI to the ministry
  • Establishing tectonic and seismotectonic research department
  • Executing systematic aeromagnetic surveys except in the borders with cooperation of “Air-O-Service” company of the USA

Reza Assefi (1974-1978)

  • Exploration of perlite ore deposit with reserve of 50 million tons in the north of Miyaneh town
  • Starting systematic geochemical mapping on 1:100,000 scale
  • Continuing regional geological studies in Anarak and Baouchestan areas
  • Holding “International Conference on Geodynamic Project of Southwestern Asia”
  • Signing contract on geological and mining studies in four blocks of eastern Iran between four Iranian companies and Australia, Canada, France and United States
  • Starting regional project of mapping on 1:100,000 scale in eastern Iran
  • Preparing map entitled “Destructive Earthquakes of Iran” on 1:5,000,000 scale
  • Approving law on establishing “Geological and Mineral Research Organization of Iran”
  • Starting central Iran project
  • Preparing “Seismotectonic Map of Iran” on scale 1:2,500,000
  • Collaboration in preparing geological maps of southeast Asia (Geological, tectonic and metamorphic maps) in Iranian part
  • Introducing Songon porphyry ore deposit for the first time by the GSI
  • Geological and mineral mapping with cooperation of Techno-export Company in Anarak mining area

Ahmad Rahjoo (1979)

  • Starting alunite exploration project
  • Starting geological mapping on 1:100,000 scale in some parts of central Iran as a regional project

Azim Haghipour (198)

  • Cancelling law on establishing “Geological and Mining Research Organization of Iran”
  • Detailed exploration of igneous phosphate in Sfordi located in Bafgh area

Mansour Alavi Naini (1981)

  • Establishing the first regional center of the Geological Survey of Iran in Kerman
  • Starting regional project of mapping in Makran on scale 1:100,000
  • Exploration of Muteh Gold and Sangan iron project
  • Exploration of Esfordi type phosphate reserves in Bafgh area

Reza Assefi (1974-1978)

  • Exploration of perlite ore deposit with reserve of 50 million tons in the north of Miyaneh town
  • Starting systematic geochemical mapping on 1:100,000 scale
  • Continuing regional geological studies in Anarak and Baouchestan areas
  • Holding “International Conference on Geodynamic Project of Southwestern Asia”
  • Signing contract on geological and mining studies in four blocks of eastern Iran between four Iranian companies and Australia, Canada, France and United States
  • Starting regional project of mapping on 1:100,000 scale in eastern Iran
  • Preparing map entitled “Destructive Earthquakes of Iran” on 1:5,000,000 scale
  • Approving law on establishing “Geological and Mineral Research Organization of Iran”
  • Starting central Iran project
  • Preparing “Seismotectonic Map of Iran” on scale 1:2,500,000
  • Collaboration in preparing geological maps of southeast Asia (Geological, tectonic and metamorphic maps) in Iranian part
  • Introducing Songon porphyry ore deposit for the first time by the GSI
  • Geological and mineral mapping with cooperation of Techno-export Company in Anarak mining area

Ahmad Rahjoo (1979)

  • Starting alunite exploration project
  • Starting geological mapping on 1:100,000 scale in some parts of central Iran as a regional project

Azim Haghipour (198)

  • Cancelling law on establishing “Geological and Mining Research Organization of Iran”
  • Detailed exploration of igneous phosphate in Sfordi located in Bafgh area

Mansour Alavi Naini (1981)

  • Establishing the first regional center of the Geological Survey of Iran in Kerman
  • Starting regional project of mapping in Makran on scale 1:100,000
  • Exploration of Muteh Gold and Sangan iron project
  • Exploration of Esfordi type phosphate reserves in Bafgh area

 

Mahmoud Ahmadzade Heravi (1989-1995)

  • Starting systematic gold exploration project and exploration of Zarshouran Gold Mine
  • Starting nepheline syenite exploration project
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of magnesite deposits in southern Khorassan and transferring them private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Aghdareh gold and transferring to private sector
  • Establishing northeast center of Geological Survey of Iran (Mashhad center)
  • Establishing “Tose’e Oloum-e-Zamin Comoany”
  • Starting project entitled “Treatise on Geology of Iran”
  • Establishing Ministry of Mines and Metals
  • Acquising of permission and publishing Earth Science quarterly journal
  • Starting tungsten exploration project
  • Publishing Magmatic Map of Iran on scale 1:2.500.000
  • Equipping laboratories of Geological Survey of Iran to analysis equipment
  • Publishing “Magmatic Map of Iran” on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Publishing “Tectonic Map of Iran” on scale 1:1000.000
  • Publishing “Climatological Map of Iran” on scale 1:2.000.000
  • Starting project on prospecting minerals
  • Publishing “Geomorphological Map of Iran on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Establishing south center of Geological Survey of Iran (Shiraz center)
  • Establishing Research Institute for Earth Sciences
  • Publishing “Preliminary Distribution Map of the Mines and Occurrences Clay Minerals on scale 1:2.500.000
  • Publishing “Magnetic Lineament Map of Iran” on scale 1:2.500.000
  • Defining and performing mineral exploration project on metamorphic rocks of Iran
  • Publishing “Metamorphic Map of Iran on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Starting operational exploration making use of combining information layers and determining mineral promising areas in Shahr-e-Babak sheet, Kerman Province
  • Exploration of the first hidden porphyry copper deposit in Chah Firouz area (Kahtokra) located in
  • Shahr-e-Babak making use of combining information layers

Mohammad Taghi Korehie (1997-2017)

  • Transferring all obligations and activities on mineral explorations Ministry of Mine and Metals to Geological Survey of Iran
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Zarmehr gold mine and transferring to the private sector
  • Approving and executing systematic exploration project of mineral reserves
  • Establishing marine geology department
  • Approving systematic exploration project
  • Starting exploration project of polymetal minerals
  • Starting regional project of mapping in Sabzevar area on scale 1:100.000
  • Starting systematic exploration project on igneous phosphate
  • Establishing geomatics management
  • Establishing Caspian Marine Geology Research Center
  • Integrating Ministry of Industries with Ministry of Mine and Metal and Formation of Ministry of Industries and Mines
  • Establishing deputy for exploration
  • Establishing National Geosciences Database of Iran
  • Establishing supervision and evaluation department
  • Starting Southern Khorassan exploration project (Project commanded by Supreme Leader)
  • Establishing airborne geophysics department (Customizing airborne geophysics knowledge in Iran)
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Kale Kaf copper and gold deposits located in Esfahan and transferring to private sector
  • Establishing information technology (IT) group
  • Starting project on recognizing mineral promising areas in the framework of twenty high potential zones in Iran with an area to be about 450.000 km2 during 4 years based on compiling and modeling of geological, geochemical, mining, satellite and airborne geophysics data layers in GIS system
  • Systematic exploration of gold in Iran
  • Geological and geochemical mapping on scale 1:100.000
  • Paleoseismological studies on North Tehran, Taleghan, Firouzkuh and Ray faults
  • Carrying out thematic exploration projects on gold, lead, zinc, copper, Iron, tungsten, Monazite, tin and etc.
  • Establishing Geology Survey of Iran center in Zahedan
  • The first survey of magnetometric, electromagnetic and radiometric data in Moaleman area (located in Semnan Province) with cooperation of a Canadian Company (Fugro Co.)
  • Concluding MoU with BHP Company Australia in order to study porphyry copper deposits located in Urmia-Dokhtar Belt
  • Formal inauguration of National Geosciences Database of Iran by the president at the time including more than 15 databases of geology, exploration and mineral processing
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Gharedar Copper located in Eastern Azerbaijan province and transferring to private sector
  • Signing contract with Australia for hyperspectral surveys in order to exploration studies
  • Publishing “Metallogenic Map of the Middle East”
  • Offering research ship for marine geology studies and investigating on non-living resources by the Sistan and Baluchistan Governor
  • Studying on engineering and environmental geology as well as geological hazards in different parts of Iran
  • Executing project entitled “Middle East Bases Evolution (MEBE)”
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Zartorosht Gold located in Kerman and transferring to private sector
  • Studying hazards resulting subsidence in Varamin plain located in Tehran province for the first time in Iran
  • Starting preparation of applied geological maps on scale 1:25.000
  • Establishing environmental geology group
  • Establishing medical geology management
  • Executing project on combining information layers and introducing mineral promising areas in Iran
  • Starting subsidence projects
  • Starting project on exploration strategy
  • Starting airborne geophysics exploration activities
  • Publishing “Tectonic Lineaments Map of Iran on scale 1:5,000,000
  • Publishing Atlas on thematic and geological maps
  • Buying one helicopter (B3) for airborne geophysical studies
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Iljagh potash located in Zanjan and transferring to Iranian Mines and Mining
  • Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO)
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Khor and Biabanak potash located in Esfahan and transferring to IMIDRO
  • Starting preparation of geochemical maps on scale 1:25,000
  • Starting operational exploration on gold making use of BLEG method in several geological sheets on scale 1:100,000
  • Defiing twenty exploration zones for the second step in 125 geological sheets on scale 1:100,000 and starting related executive operations
  • Performing medical geology studies in order to recognize distribution belts of various disease with respect to geological environments
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Arghash 2 gold and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Eastern Sharafabad-Az gold and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Gandi gold located in Semnan and transferring to private sector
  • Starting common cooperation with universities in order to provide applied geological maps
  • National and international acquisition of permission for monthly magazine entitled “Earth Science and mining”
  • Establishing “Geosciences Database of Tajikistan”
  • Registering geological phenomenon and natural heritages of Iran in UNESCO Global Heritage list
  • Transferring expertise services in the filds of geology and exploration to Latin America, Africa and Middle East countries
  • Starting geological project of Oman Sea in four information layers
  • Membership of Geological Survey of Iran in International Medical Geology Association (IMGA)
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Sefiabeh antimony located in Sistan and Baluchistan and transferring to IMIDRO
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Naghdooz and Safihanlou gold located in Eastern Azerbaijan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Barika gold located in Kordestan and transferring to private sector
  • Establishing Applied Geological Research Center located in Karaj
  • Establishing the largest reference geosciences laboratory in Applied Geological Research Center
  • located in Karaj
  • Establishing BLEG laboratory in order to evaluate gold samples for the fist time in Iran
  • Establishing medical geology laboratory in order to study role of geological factors on health of living creatures
  • Starting exploration project on sedimentary uranium
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Ahmadabd molybdenum located in Yazd and transferring to IMIDRO
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Gazestan iron, phosphate and Rare Earth Elements located in Yazd and transferring to IMIDRO
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Pohl rock potash located in Hormozgan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Dehsalm garnet located in Southern Khorassan and transferring to private sector
  • Establishing Geological Survey of Iran in Sari
  • Establishing gemology center in Applied Geological Research Center
  • Establishing of Geosciences Database of ECO Member States
  • Starting marine cruise in Persian Gulf to maritime boundary of Iran and taking sediment and water samples as well as cores
  • Starting marine cruise in Persian Gulf to maritime boundary of Iran and taking sediment and water samples as well as cores

Defiing and performing more than 120 exploration projects in the framework of combination project aiming at:

  • Starting preparation of geochemical maps on scale 1:25,000
  • Starting preparation of economic geology maps on scale 1:25,000
  • Executing general and detailed exploration projects on gold deposits
  • Executing general exploration projects on poly-metal promising areas
  • Executing exploration projects on lead and zinc metallogenic belts of Iran
  • Executing exploration projects on igneous and sedimentary phosphate and bauxite reserves
  • Executing exploration projects on semi-precious rocks and minerals and construction materials
  • Executing exploration projects making use of ground geophysics method on iodine promising areas located in Golestan province
  • Executing drilling operation in order to take cores gold and copper promising areas in Iran
  • Establishing BLEG measurement laboratories in Karaj and Kerman centers
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Masjedaghi copper and gold deposit located in Eastern Azerbaijan and transferring to National Copper Company
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Shadan and Khoopik gold and Mehrabad copper and gold located in southern
  • Khorassan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Chahpalang iron and manganese located in Esfahan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Saheb iron located in Kurdistan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Chahekalb copper and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Chah-e-Zaghoo copper and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Prioniss Silica, Soleiman, Rangrizan and Dareh Ziyarat iron located in Kurdestan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Kerver copper and gold located in Kerman and transferring to National Copper Company
  • Starting Makran project
  • Establishing support and flght center for helicopter in Applied Geological Research Center
  • Membership in One Geology project (a plan for unifid geological map of the world in digital format and on the basis of 1:1.000.000 maps)
  • Paleo-ecology and paleo-climatology studies on Urmia Lake and negligible indicating role of climate change on occurred crisis
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Sheikhali copper located in Hormozgan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Ghareh Aghaj titanium located in Eastern Azerbaijan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Siah Jangal gold located in Sistan and Baluchistan province and transferring to IMIDRO
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Anjerd copper located in Eastern Azerbaijan and transferring to private sector
  • Putting into operation of ICP-MS laboratory
  • Establishing hydrogeochemical research group
  • Equipping, updating and training experts of the Geological Survey of Tajikistan
  • Common cooperation with Academy of Sciences of Armenia
  • Signing MoU with Venezuela on common cooperation in the field of establishing Geosciences Database
  • Holding the “First International Conference on Medical Geology”
  • Customizing marine geophysics studies in Iran
  • Integrating Ministry of Industries and Mines with Business Ministry and Forming Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Siahkamar molybdenum and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Lamerd dolomite located in Fars province and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Senido gold and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Astamal gold and copper located in Eastern Azerbaijan and transferring to private sector
  • Establishing Geological Survey of Iran in Sanandaj
  • Starting Caspian project
  • Updating “Mineral Distribution Map of Iran” on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Membership in International Quaternary Association
  • Recognizing effective factors in Urmia Lake drying and providing solutions to save it
  • Establishing geohazards, environmental and engineering geology research group
  • Starting preparation of ‘International Quaternary Map of the Middle-East” on scale 1:5.000.000
  • Purchasing one helicopter
  • Signing MoU with china on common cooperation in the fild of tectonic, geodynamic and exploration
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Torghabeh gold and transferring it to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Soosanvar gold located in Semnan province and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Bardaskan gold located in Southern Khorassan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Sirab nitrate deposit located in Kohgilooyeh and Boyerahmad province and transferring to private nitrate
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Gholgholeh, Ghabghaloocheh and Kerviyan gold located in
  • Kurdistan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Cheshmeh Zard gold and transferring to private sector
  • Starting project on extraction of economic salts Urmia Lake
  • Starting Sangan exploration project
  • Publishing Geological Map of Iran on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Starting studies on preparing “Earthquake Hazards Map of Iran”
  • Establishing “International Center for Medical Geology Researches”
  • Establishing Geological Survey of Iran in Lorestan, Urmia and Esfahan
  • Approving establishment of Geological Survey of Iran in Yazd and Gilan
  • Signing MoU with Geological and Mining Research Center of Nigeria Republic on common cooperation in the field of mining collaboration and geological investigations
  • Signing MoU with Tajikistan in the field of exploration and geology
  • Holding “32 National and the First international Geosciences Conference” with 2598 papers, attendance of 120 experts 36 countries and cooperation of 30 international universities
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Hassanabad gold and antimony in and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Zaylik and Sarilaz gold located East Azerbaijan province in and transferring private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of eastern Pohl and Garmi Sheikh potash and transferring them to private sector
  • Starting national project on preparing strategy of earth sciences and mining in different provinces
  • Publishing map entitled “Major Magnetic Faults of Iran” on scale 1:2.500.000
  • Publishing map entitled “Major Magnetic Faults of Iran” on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Publishing “Flood Hazard Map of Iran” on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Publishing “Potential Map of Karstic Water Resources of Iran” on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Signing MoU with Geological Survey of China on common cooperation in the field of mining investment
  • Signing MoU with France on common cooperation in the field of Iran’s geodynamic
  • Starting project on evaluating environmental effects resulted economic exploitation of salts Urmia Lake, a project defined for Urmia Lake Restoration Program
  • Establishing Geological Survey of Iran in Semnan
  • Starting a project to recognize mineral potential areas in Iran on scale 1:100.000
  • Starting airborne geophysical surveys by Fixed Wing
  • Starting exploration project on Rare Earth Elements in Iran
  • Starting project on determining potential areas for Karstic water resources of Iran
  • Starting national project on aerosols, recognizing their centers and prioritizing aerosol centers to combat them
  • Starting studies on structure of crust and upper mantle of Iran’s plateau with cooperation of China
  • Publishing “Seismotectonic Map of Iran” on scale 1:1.000.000
  • Publishing “ECOSHARP Map”
  • Signing MoU with National Center for Scientific Researches (CNRS) of France
  • Signing MoU with France on common cooperation in the field of tectonic studies in Eastern Iran
  • Signing MoU with Iraq on common cooperation in the field of geology, mining soil stability, aerosol and environmental pollutions
  • Signing MoU with Kazakhstan on common cooperation in the field of mining investment
  • Signing a trilateral MoU among Germany, Afghanistan and Iran on training Afghan experts
  • Publishing “Mineral Distribution Map of Index Minerals in Alteration zones of Iran” on scale 1:100.000
  • Preparing “Preliminary Map of Seismotectonic and Earthquake Risk of ECO Member States”
  • Establishing council on studies and investigations of Karstic waters with central role of Ministry of Energy and membership of the Planning and Budgetting Organization, Geological Survey of Iran and the Department of Environment
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Pazm brines located in Chabahar situated in Sistan and Baluchistan province and transferring to Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO)
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Hired gold (No.1,2,3,4) located in Southern Khorassan and transferring to Iran
  • Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO)
  • Starting systematic exploration project on zinc
  • Continuing systematic exploration project on lithium
  • Execution projects in order to fulfi resistant economy
  • Starting mineral import and export project
  • Starting praration of systematic geochemical Atlas
  • Starting national project on exploration zones
  • Publishing “Probable Risk Map of subsidence in Alluvial Aquifers of Iran” on scale 1:2.000.000
  • Signing MoU with Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of Germany (BGR) on common cooperation in the fild of technical collaboration on earth sciences and technical exchange of science and knowledge
  • Signing MoU with Finland on common cooperation in order to train Afghan geophysics experts in Iran
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Khoonik Gold located in Southern Khorassan and transferring to private sector
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Ashvand gold, iron, copper and zinc located in Hamedan province and transferring to Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO)
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Nadooshan iron located in Yazd province and transferring to
  • Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO)
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Bazman gold (No. 2,3) located in Sistan and Baluchistan province and transferring to Iran Minerals Production and Supply Company (IMPASCO)
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of Shoorab antimony, gold, lead and zinc and transferring to Iran
  • Reconnaissance and exploration of three iodine zones in Golestan province and transferring to private sector
  • Starting exploration project on chromite
  • Starting electromagnetic surveys
  • Correlating faults of fie mega-cities namely Tehran, Karaj, Mashhad, Tabriz and Kerman and determining slip rate of basement faults