In mid-April professor of Carleton University Richard Ernst visited TSU at the invitation of the Structural petrology and minerageny Research Laboratory of the Geology and Geography Department. Ernst is a leading expert in Silicic Large Igneous Province (SLIPs). His company «Ernst Geo sciences» cooperates with the largest international companies, including well-known "Shell" and "De Beers" .
Guest from Ottawa spent ten days in our city. The canadian scientist gave three public lectures for the Geology and Geography Department staff and students. And he read it in Russian . According to his words his Russian language skill was estimated as: "He isn’t Pushkin, of course, but we could understand him! "
Major magmatic events occurred on the Earth in a short time (in terms of geological time) and in large areas up to 100 000 square kilometers. Thus, South Siberia and Canada were geographic neighbors about 700 million years ago during the existence of supercontinent Rodinia. But then continent divergence had occurred.
Magmatism of large provinces directly affected to the formation of mineral deposits - in South Africa, Canada , Siberia , Australia, etc. Similar processes are studied on the example of the other planets of the solar system. Ernst related the last lecture to the magmatism of Mars, Venus , Mercury, Moon and Jupiter's satellite Io. All facts are based on space missions of the USSR, the USA and Russia. These processes were more visible and standardized on the other planets. Ernst's scientific group studied Venus. The largest "igneous river" of the solar system formed on the surface of Venus and has length about 7000 km, a width of 2 km and a depth of 100 meters.
But the main purpose of the canadian professor visit was to prepare a number of joint research papers and major research project of Tomsk and Carleton universities. So in the near future this cooperation will bring some great results.