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EastRussia asked the geologists of Polymetal, why go to the profession

On the last Sunday in March, Russia celebrated the Day of the Geologist. EastRussia talked with geologists of Polymetal, one of the largest gold miners in the Far East, about whether the role of luck and experience in prospecting for deposits is great, what geologists search engines do in the off-hours, and whether the job remains a high earning and romance .

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Alexander Ian-Fun-Kahn came to the mining industry after his father - a sinker-blaster. And this is the usual story for the industry. Now he is in charge of the search and intelligence department, but he is modest about himself - "one of the leaders, since the collective is big." The geologist's profession is a constant search, and based on the economic valuation of the cost of extracting stocks. Purely theoretically precious metals are everywhere. The only question is what is their concentration, and without geologists it is not allowed.

Now the party of geologists is thrown "into the fields" for at least three or four months, although sometimes it is possible to stay on the site and longer - from March to the end of October, and in the artels geologists "go to the fields" in general for eight to nine months. Delivered to the site by helicopter or cross-country transport, throwing with people means of communication, equipment, products. The minimum lot size is five people: two route pairs and a cook. The maximum is up to 20.

Geologists sleep in tents with stoves-burzhujkami, in sleeping bags. For the stoves you need to prepare firewood, for the kitchen and the bath - fresh water. All economic troubles are divided equally. "Of course, there are geologist girls," says Alexander Jan-Fun-Kahn, deputy chief geologist of the Okhotsk GGC, and begins to list them: "We, some men, provide some passive assistance in everyday life, but otherwise they work on a par with "strong sex". "

The typical morning of the field site is a seven-hour hike, breakfast and gathering. The cook gets up early, at six-thirty - six to cook everyone a breakfast, and then perform an honorable mission of wake-up, tapping into a basin or a bucket. At eight in the morning - exit in pairs on the route, for samples. And they return to the camp, as a rule, only in the evening - by six o'clock, plus or minus an hour. "It is necessary to carry on yourself up to 20-25 kg, it all depends on the interestingness of the route and the availability of stone material.You can take more samples in one day to take less tomorrow.It is possible to manage the program ahead of schedule - it all depends on the skill, an experienced person copes faster" , - says the geologist Ilya Rajabli.

Load yourself with work in the party can be from dawn to dusk, continues Ilya - after all "the plan burns, as usual, once every other time." "A lot depends on the weather," he says, "It's like a rainy season, for example, and people can not do anything - everything is washed up." Then it's time to catch up. " The most interesting, the geologist continues, is that it is impossible to understand on the site of sampling, whether you have found the deposit or not, without laboratory tests.

"That's why the importance of both experience and luck is great in the search." Last year, a female intern student took a sample from the route, "they untwisted up to the field at 2-3 tons," he says.

The process of studying the samples is a "hereditary" case: for any fence of rocks, the results of previous investigations are taken into account, if they were. "The management of the funds stores geological survey materials, on the basis of which it is possible to plan future work," says geologist Boris Novoselov. However, just sitting in the archive, it will not work, "the geologists agree:" Only prerequisites: since it is quite a heavy and voluminous work consisting of many stages, although everything starts with a man who raised a regular stone with a good gold content. "

"The main pleasure from work is the result, if the season has passed in vain, that is, some disappointment, but that's not the point, but if you have found the mine, it's unequivocal - pride in yourself," Boris says. It is even possible, he continues, to immortalize his relatives in the name of the field. Although ore occurrences are usually called by streams, there are exceptions: in Polymetal, for example, some ore zones of the Svetly and Albazino deposits are named for discoverers in honor of wives and daughters - Elena, Tamara, Larissa, Anfisa.

Outside the production task, the romance begins. Although - how to look at it: it all depends on the mood of a person, and even a stunning sunset after a hard day's work, it happens, "does not penetrate." Someone is fond of photographing, someone - collecting interesting stones ("extra stones", as geologists joke). "There are people of art: we have a groover engaged in modeling of clay or brought with a special clay," says Alexander Yang-Fun-Kahn, "and beautiful figures of animals are obtained - miniature, height of centimeters 10-15.It is simple for the soul.There was a geophysicist, who made wonderful crafts made of wood, real gifts. "

You can fish, you can hunt - those who have personal weapons, because the service geologists, as it was in Soviet times, do not give out. "If the bear is screaming or climbing a tree," Boris Novoselov laughs, "although there was a case, I launched a missile from the rocket into the bear, so he did not get scared, but on the contrary, ran to catch it, and we were given anti-bear whistles. in the case did not check, so how to work, do not know. " Dangerous bears, says Ilya, are only after hibernation, because hungry, well, during the mating games, of course. "Life in general is cautious," Novoselov agrees, "is afraid of a person."

In staying "in the fields" various moments are remembered. "Meetings with a bear one on one", "sat for two weeks cut off from the" big earth ", cooked bread on flour and fat from stewed meat," "taimen pulled kilograms on 20." And family holidays, and even romantic relationships: and fall in love, and get married.

But after all that has been experienced in nature, the time of data processing comes. This, on the one hand, creativity - right up to drawing presentations. "A lot depends on the interpretation of the data, and from the filing - investors are wondering where the gold is, and this should be evident," says Alexander Jan-Fun-Kahn. "It is necessary to master the situation from the legal, from the economic side." To be a logistician, to be a personnel officer, to be a psychologist, "he lists the qualities of a modern geologist.

But geologists still make good money, especially if they are seeking leadership positions and they are lucky in their search - no one has yet canceled the award. Previously, the state centrally invested in geological exploration, but now due to the activity of large companies, the amount of financing for geological exploration is also not small, Polymetal acknowledges.

"Most gold in the world's oceans, but its extraction will cost hundreds of times more than it will cost," the geologists laugh. "We have a neural network in the depths of the modeling department and databases that will someday be able to predict the presence of deposits by indirect signs.There are technologies for obtaining forecasts for gold-bearing rocks from satellite images.There are hand-held spectrometers that look like pistols pointing out the metal content in the rock There are small installations - from several nodes, as a mini-drill, in any case it's all an initial assessment. Anyway, any place where the deposit is supposed to be is necessary t assure manually, so that the death of our profession is not threatened, "- experts believe" Polymetal ".
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