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.