O.A. Duzhikov, B.M. Strunin, 1988. "Geological Outline of the Noril’sk Region", Geology and Metallogeny of Sulfide Deposits Noril’sk Region U.S.S.R., O.A. Duzhikov, V.V. Distler, B. M. Strunin, A. K. Mkrtychyan, M.L. Sherman, S.S. Sluzhenikin, A.M. Lurye
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Present studies of the Noril’sk ore-bearing region permit one to re-evaluate its geological setting, the deep structure and the unique characteristics of the magmatism which contributed to the development of the sulfide copper-nickel deposits. At present the traditional view of the geological setting of the region as being a part of the boundary zone of the northwestern portion of the Siberian platform seems to be inadequate; this is because it is known that there is no evidence of large mineral deposits outside the region, in other boundary areas of the Siberian platform, despite the widespread nature of the copper-nickel mineralization. The need to identify the factors that determine the characteristics of the copper-nickel deposits of the Noril’sk region and the regional setting in which they are localized, as well as a valid explanation of the absence of similar deposits associated with trap magmatism elsewhere within the Siberian platform, is necessary and requires interpretation of additional geological, geophysical and petrological data in adjacent areas.
Recent multifaceted studies that have been devoted to understanding the evolution of the structure of the Noril’sk and other regions of the northern part of the Siberian platform [15, 26, 44, 59, 84, 106, 146, etc.] allow one to evaluate the formational conditions of the unique concentration of metals with respect to the geodynamic setting. They also allow one to be more confident in interpreting a structural development for this terrain in terms of the superposition on mature continental crust of tectonic movements that activated basalt
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The Noril’sk volume is a valuable contribution to the economic geology profession. The translation which is a very literal one from the Russian original, has been ‘donated’ to the Society of Economic Geologists by Falconbridge and Inco. This is the first special publication for the Society. We have two successful series, Reviews in Economic Geology and our Guidebook series. When we were offered this translation we initiated this special publication series. It is hoped that we will continue to pursue and publish other monographs of direct economic interest for our members and the economic geology community at large.
This volume and the accompanying figures (maps), tables and plates presents an excellent overview of the Noril’sk area and the mineralization specific to this region. Considerable awareness of the Noril’sk area has been available through various translations of Russian literature and ever increasing opportunities for western world geoscientists to visit the region. The Society is proud to have this opportunity to provide this comprehensive volume to economic geoscientists.
Many individuals contributed their time, expertise and support. We would like to acknowledge A.J. Naldrett for his efforts in obtaining this translation from Inco and Falconbridge on our behalf. He was also our liaison with the original authors and was very supportive throughout the editing process. Falconbridge initiated the translation and G. Rylkova was contracted to produce a literal translation and we chose to substitute, or identify, a few nonfamiliar Russian terms with equivalent English language terms. However, the substance of the translation has not been changed. The editing concentrated on consistency, accuracy and limited grammatical re-interpretation. A location map and a stratigraphic section were added to the introduction. Suggestions for editing consistency were gratefully received from A. Craigie and R. Horn.
Additional support for production and distribution was received from T. Thompson, J. Robertson, K. Clark.
All figures, tables and plates were redrafted with their interpreted legends by Inco. W. Saftic and W. Peredery provided additional suggestions for drafting format and continuity. Inco and Falconbridge shared all drafting costs and donated this service to the Society of Economic Geologists as well as the translated text. P. Lightfoot gave permission to include the location map and the stratigraphic section in the introduction.
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