Possible Relations of Pathogenesis
to Geological Inhomogeneities

A. D. Zhigalin and V. I. Makarov

Institute of Environmental Geoscience, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Ulanskii per. 13, Moscow, 101000 Russia

Received March 6, 1998

Abstract—Possible causes of the pathogenic influence of geological and tectonic features of the lithosphere
structure on living organisms have been analyzed. The geopathogenesis is considered to be the result of anom-
alous manifestations of properties of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, as well as deeper shells of
the Earth, which find their reflection in the spatial distribution of geophysical fields. The confinement of geo-
physical anomalies to geological features capable of causing the pathogenesis makes them an important iden-
tification indicator in the search for geopathogenic zones. The comparative analysis of the value of anomalies
in different geophysical fields with the adaptation abilities of living organisms, including the human organism,
shows that, in a number of cases, geological and geophysical inhomogeneities may be regarded as an energetic
pathogenic factor, if the values of spatial and temporal gradients, appearing in the process of geophysical field
changes, are taken into account.