Prof. Dr. Minella Shallo

Prof. Dr. Minella Shallo

 

Invited talk: Albanian (Mirdita) ophiolite geodynamic evolution and related pre-, syn- and postophiolitic formations.

 

Prof. Dr. Minella Shallo received excellent technician geologist diploma from the Tirana Polytechnic High School in 1953, and has worked as technician geologist in Rubiku cooper ore deposit (1953-1955) and as chief geologist in Kurbneshi cooper ore deposit (1955-1956). He received excellent diploma from the State University of Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia, in 1961 and the PhD from the Tirana University in 1982.
During more than 40 years research work in the Geological Institute of the Albanian Geological Survey and in the Faculty of Geology and Mining of the Tirana Polytechnic University he investigated the geology of the Albanian ophiolites and their continental margins, and the petrology, geochemistry and ore deposits of ophiolites and related formations. He has published a large number of papers in Albanian and international scientific geological journals. His research and field-investigations of the Albanian ophiolites and their continental margins were instrumental for the compilation of the Geological Map of Albania (1983 and 2001), Tectonic Map of Albania (1985) and Metallogenic Map of Albania (1989).
He is the first who interpreted the Albanian ophiolites in the essentially modern terms of plate tectonics. The main results of his scientific work include clarification of petrologic features and pseudo-stratigraphy of the Albanian ophiolites, among which he distinguished western ophiolites with MORB magmatic affinity and eastern ophiolites with SSZ magmatic affinity and recognized the sheeted dike complex and the ultramafic intrusions within Mirdita ophiolite. Other important contributions of Prof. Shallo include the interpretation of the geodynamic evolution of the ophiolites and of the synophiolitic and oceanic metamorphics, genetic classification and structural features of the sulfide ore mineralizations, and the hypogene zonality of the volcanogene sulfide mineralization and associated hydrothermal metasomatites. Thanks to his particular skills in petrology he discovered boninites and zeolitic rocks within volcanic sequence of the eastern ophiolites and garnet pyroxenites and phlogopitic rocks within mantle sequence.