Geologists will discuss the world potential of mineral resources

The Eighth All-Russian Petrographic Conference has opened at the Faculty of Geology and Geography, with international participation. Leading researchers from Russia, Canada, Spain, and the USA will discuss the study of magma in the earth's crust and mineral resources, their age and capacity.

- Among the sciences developed at the University, a significant role is played by the earth sciences - said Ivan Ivonin, Vice-Rector for Academic Research. - Our advantage is that TSU is located in vast Siberia, where there are interesting geological formations. Therefore, our scientists have engaged in the study of crystals, minerals, the interaction of elements in the crust, and much else. All it is relevant to the scientific and applied point of view.

120 speakers are participating in the conference, scientists in geology and petrology, professors, and academics from 60 world geological organizations. They will talk about the tectonic movements, gold deposits, and studies of magma in the Middle and Southern Urals, and will discuss the issues of determining the age of minerals.

- This is an important conference for my colleagues and me, dedicated to igneous and metamorphic rocks - liquid formations that spill out onto the surface as lava - said Richard Ernst, professor at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). We also will discuss Siberia – it is a large region, we can’t understand and evaluate the world situation without studying its geological data.

On December 2, a separate workshop session for young scientists is planned. The best papers presented by researchers under age 35 will be supported by grants from TSU and published in the new journal Geosphere Research.

TSU received a megagrant for 2017-2020 to create a new laboratory on geochronology and geodynamics, where scientists will define the age of geological objects and specify the potential of Siberian deposits. The project is implemented by TSU specialists under the well-known scientist Richard Ernst (Canada) and scientists from the USA, China, and Spain.