XIII International Platinum Symposium: June 30 – July 6, Polokwane, South Africa

16 August 2018, 12:00 am
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A session on the North Bushveld deposits A session on the North Bushveld deposits

XIII International Platinum Symposium: June 30 – July 6, Polokwane, South Africa

For the first time ever, each day program included not only presentations by participants but also visits to deposits, core yards and outcrop examination within the North Bushveld area. More than 200 specialists from South Africa, Russia, Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, the US, etc. attended the conference. A group of Russian scientists (18 delegates) was notably the largest in number among “foreign” delegations. FSBI “TsNIGRI” was presented by I.G. Tretyakova, Deputy Head of the international cooperation department, who made an oral presentation on studies of platinum group minerals sulfide inclusions in olivine.

After the conference, field trips were organized to the Bushveld’s West and East sites as well as the eastern Transvaal basin.

A field trip to the West Bushveld included the examination of all the levels within the Bushveld complex. The layered intrusion hosts industrial stone (pyroxenites and gabbro), PGM, vanadium, copper, nickel, chrome, iron and titanium deposits. Field trippers visited the layered intrusion’s upper magnetite and lower chromitite layer deposits as well as Merensky reef and UG2 chromitites; the samples were delivered to FSBI “TsNIGRI” museum.

Photo 2. Oral presentation by I.G. Tretyakova – “Big mantle story from tiny sulfide droplets”

Photo 3. Examination of prospecting drillhole core, Ivanplats project, Turfspruit and Macalacascop, North Bushveld

Photo 4. Field trippers before going down the Impala deposit shaft. Photo by E. Pushkarev

Photo 5. Gabbro to anorthosite transition in drill core, Vametco deposit