The current Institute of Geology and Paleontology (IGP) is the result of various structural and institutional changes from 1967 to today.
It was created as an Institute of Geology from the Department of Geology that emerged at the Institute of Geography of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba (ACC) on June 21, 1967. By Resolution No. 716/74 issued by the then President of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba, Zoilo Marinello Vidaurreta, was renamed the Institute of Geology and Paleontology (IGP) on January 7, 1974.
The current structure comes from the merger, in 1986, of the former IGP of the ACC with the Center for Geological Research (CIG) of the Ministry of Basic Industry (MINBAS). Maintaining the name of IGP and strengthened by the merger, it became part of the MINBAS Geology Union in that year, which would later become the Geominsal Business Group, under whose subordination it remained until 2012.
For half a century, the Institute has been progressively strengthened from the scientific point of view, so that its staff is highly qualified, possessing a vast experience that has allowed to solve any problem or task within the geological activity. In that sense, in the center numerous research projects have been developed that have contributed to deepening the geological knowledge about Cuba and the Caribbean, managing to expand the research profile in recent years, with the introduction of computer technologies.
Among its main contributions are the geological and geophysical maps of Cuba at different scales (1: 1000000, 1: 500000, 1: 250 000, 1: 100 000, 1: 50 000), several editions of the Stratigraphic Lexicon of Cuba and multiple books, articles, databases, multimedia, etc. on different geological themes and, especially, on the geological cartography and the metallic and non-metallic mineral resources of the country.
As of 2013, operating as an entity attached to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the IGP has been designated as a Geological Service of Cuba with the state commission of, in addition to developing geological investigations through research projects, directing and controlling geological works throughout the country, financing in CUP the execution of projects in geological themes.
Main substantive processes:
• Scientific research: R&D projects
• Planning, control and approval of geological studies: Business hiring.
• Scientific and technical services: repetitive and non-repetitive
• Special requests: Different forms and contents.
Main Objectives of Research and Development:
• National Geological Map.
• Stratigraphic Lexicon of Cuba.
• Maps and BD of Mineral Resources.
• National Geophysical Maps.
• Geological Data Bank.
Main Objectives of Geological Survey:
• Planning of geological prospecting of solid minerals.
• Supervision and control of project execution.
• Review and approval of Technical Tasks, Projects and Reports.
• National standardization of regulations and survey instructions.
General Research Activities:
• Produce geological information: surveys, detailed studies, etc.
• Organize geological information: Maps, databases and digital files, etc.
• Disseminate geological information: Reports, books, maps, articles, Internet, magazines, etc.