Dr. Richard Ernst Returns from Siberia

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Yesterday Scientist-in-Residence Dr. Richard Ernst returned from a very successful trip to Siberia (April 15 – May 2).

It began in Irkutsk , where he made a presentation in Russian on "Frontiers in Large Igneous Province research" at the Institute of the Earth's Crust. 

Poster advertising Dr. Richard Ernst's presentation on "Frontiers in Large Igneous Province research" at the Institute of the Earth's Crust Audience for Dr. Richard Ernst's presentation


(Left) Poster advertising and (right) audience for 
Dr. Richard Ernst's presentation on "Frontiers in Large Igneous Province research" 
at the Institute of the Earth's Crust


 

His next stop was Mirny , where he had a meeting at the headquarters of ALROSA, Russia's largest diamond mining company. Richard and colleague Dima Gladkochub, Director of the Institute of the Earth's Crust, gave a presentation (in Russian!) to about 80 executives and key geologists. Richard thanks Kostya Konstantinov, Dima Gladkochub and Misha Tomshin for making the arrangements, and Richard is also very appreciative of the hospitality of ALROSA. By all accounts, their presentation went extremely well. It was followed by a tour, which included a two-hour helicopter ride to the north in a company-owned helicopter to Nakyn to see the Nyurba and Botuobinskiy pipes. 

Helicopter belonging to ALROSA The Nyurba pipe, which is 300 m deep
 Helicopter belonging to ALROSA  The Nyurba pipe, which is 300m deep 

 

 

His final destination was Tomsk State University (TSU) in Tomsk , Russia, where he contributed to the annual meeting of the International Academic Advisory Board of the University. Dr. Ernst is a member of the board . The Chairman is Professor Terrance Callaghan (University of Sheffield), a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that along with Al Gore, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. The subject of this meeting was "increasing the quality of educational programs at TSU in close connection with the scientific activities of the University" (see main article ). 

In his spare time, Dr. Ernst also managed to fit in some fieldwork. With his colleagues he collected samples in the snow near one of the kimberlite pipes outside of Nakyn, Siberia. Nakyn is located about 300 km northeast of Mirny. This area is rich in dolerite dykes. 

Dr. Richard Ernst collecting dolerite dykes outside of Nakyn, Siberia

Dr. Richard Ernst collecting dolerite dykes outside of Nakyn, Siberia