Friday, February 23, 2018

Scientists, companies gather at UrFU for platinum symposium

The 12th International Symposium on Platinum began on Monday at Ural Federal University (UrFU), drawing hundreds of scientists and representatives from metallurgical companies from across the globe for a four-day discussion of geological initiatives.

Conducted entirely in the English language, this year's symposium was organized as part of an ongoing partnership between UrFU's Department of Earth Sciences, the International Association of Geology of Ore Deposits and the Commission on Ore Deposits in Mafic and Ultramafic Rocks.

The event was preceded by a scientific geological excursion of the copper-nickel deposits and volcanogenic complexes of Russia's Norilsk region in which dozens of international scientists participated. The group continued their work at the clinopyroxenite-dunite massif Conder in the Aldan shield and related platinum deposits on the chromite deposits of ophiolite Rai-lz massif in the Polar Urals. Immediately before returning to UrFU for the start of the symposium, the excursionists traveled to the pyrite deposits of the Southern Urals.

A portion of the symposium was dedicated to analyzing the results of the excursion and to discuss the most pressing problems of the genesis of platinum deposits.

Following the conclusion of the symposium Thursday, another series of excursions will be lead to the field arrays of the Ural-area Platinum Belt, and later to the North Baikal where scientists will analyze the Yoko-layred gabbro-ultramafic Bovyrensky array.