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Project Collaborators for Mineral Systems of Siberia, Mongolia, Northeastern China, South Korea, and Japan (Northeast Asia)

A Collaborative Project by Russian Academy of Sciences,
Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Changchun University of Earth Sciences,
the Geological Survey of Japan, and the U.S. Geological Survey

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Russian Academy of Sciences; Russian Committee of Natural Resources; Mongolian Academy of Sciences; Mongolian Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum; Mongolian State University; China Ministry of Geology; Changchun University of Sciences and Technology; Korean Institute of Geology and Materials, and Geological Survey Japan. Major Western cooperators are earth science departments at Colorado School of Mines, Stanford University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and University of Pittsburgh. Major Western supporters are the Northwest Mining Association, the Alaska Miners Association, the Circum-Pacific Council, the Society of Economic Geologists, Stanford University, Colorado School of Mines, and University of Alaska Fairbanks. The GD International Studies Unit and Jean Weaver, International Studies Coordinator, Mineral Resources Program, are assisting in project development and continuation.

The project is extending and building on data and interpretations that resulted from the prior MRP project on the Major Mineral Deposits, Metallogenesis, and Tectonics of the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera (cover figure). The prior project has provided vital data for a wide variety of customers for making sound economic planning and investment decisions and for increasing their geologic knowledge of this region. These customers, who have encouraged the prior project, and who have encouraged the continuing project include: (1) major mining, petroleum, construction, investment, and information companies (American Russian Center, University of Alaska, American Unified German-Russian Reconstruction Enterprise, Arian Resources, ASARCO, Aspen Exploration Corporation, Bechtel Corporation, Bering Straits Trading Company, BHP, British Columbia-Primorye Business Association, Chevron Overseas Petroleum, Inc.; Circum-Pacific Council; Citigold Alaska, Cominco Alaska Exploration, Concord Corporation, Coordinating Committee for Coastal and Offshore Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia - CCOP; Cyprus Metals and Gold Companies, Exploration Associates International, Inc., Exxon Production Research, Fluor Daniel, Inc., Galactic Resources, Ltd., GeoExplorers International, Inc., Golder Associates Inc., Homestake International Minerals, INCO, Inc., J. Griffiths & Associates, Kennecott Exploration Company, Kleinfelder, Inc., Kulakoff Trading Co., Magma Copper, Inc., Newcrest Mining Limited, Noranda Inc., North Pacific Mining Corporation, Open World-American-Russian Cooperation, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, Placer Dome U.S., Russian Connections, Texaco Petroleum Development, U.S. Borax and Chemical Corporation, Vanderbilt Gold Corporation); (2) USA Federal Government and state agencies (Department of State; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Environmental Protection Agency; Minerals Management Service; Office of Science and Technology Policy; Staff of the Office of Vice-President A. Gore, Washington, D.C.; Alaska State Department of Commerce and Economic Development; Arctic Research Committee of the U.S.A. National Academy of Sciences); USA Embassy China, USA Consulate, Vladivostok, Russia; Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); National Research Council); (3) Foreign government agencies (ROSKOMNEDRA (now Ministry of Natural Resources); British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources; Canada National Energy Board; U.N. Development Program; Commerce Working Group of USA and Russia Commission (formerly Vice-President G ore and Premier Chernomydrin Commission (GCC)); China Ministry of Land and Resources; China Ministry of Metallurgical Industries; Korean Institute of Mining and Minerals; Geological Survey of Japan; British Museum of Natural History); (4) professional organizations (Alaska Miners Association, American Institute of Professional Geologists, British Columbia Mining Association; Geological Association of Canada; Geological Society of America, Northwest Mining Association, Society of Economic Geologists); (5) earth science departments at major universities (Colorado School of Mines, Stanford University, University of Washington, University of Alaska, University of Texas, Michigan State University); (6) News media (Anchorage Daily News, CNN, Coeur d'Alene Press, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, German Press Agency. Guardian/Observer, INTERFAX, Izvestia, Juneau Empire, KGO Radio, San Jose, Kodiak Daily Miner, Magadan Region Radio, Magadan Region Television, Nauka, Pravda, Primorsky Region Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, SCIENCE, Skillings Mining Review, Spokane Spokesman Review, Springer Newspapers, Vancouver Sun, Vladivostok Newspaper, Vladivostok Television, Wall Street Journal); and (7) a large number of mineral resource, petroleum, environmental remediation, and information company consultants.

For the commodity studies task the major collaborators are the Russian Academy of Sciences; Russian Committee of Natural Resources; Mongolian Academy of Sciences; Mongolian Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum; Mongolian State University; China Ministry of Geology and Mineral Resources; and Changchun University of Sciences and Technology. The major customers are mineral resource extraction and processing companies and agencies, environmental agencies, and various foreign governmental agencies.

For the new task on sediment-hosted gold deposits of China the major collaborators will be Tianjin Geological Academy (TGA). The major customers will be professional earth science organizations including Guizhou , Yunnan, Hebei, Sichuan, and Guangxi, Provincial Gold Companies Companies, Southwest Geological Survey and Nanning Geological Survey, Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG), Mackay School of Mines, Geological Society of Nevada, and major universities, such as the Mackay School of Mines. Interested mining companies are BHP, Newmont Gold Co., Noranda, Inc., Barrick Goldstrike, and Placer Dome.

Geologic Division Collaborators: (1) The project will provide important data for the newly-approved project on a Feasibility Study of Quantitative Global Mineral Resource Assessment. In addition, W. Nokleberg will serve part-time on this project. (2) Task 3 (analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of selected commodities will be conducted with close liaison with the Minerals Information Team (MIT). (3) Major collaboration will continue with the USGS International Programs office. In the past year, W. Nokleberg assisted P. Hearn, in developing a proposal to DOS/AID for Development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Support the Development of Mineral, Energy, and Water Resources for the Khabarovsk Region of the Russian Federation. In addition, major project proposal development workshops have been attended by International Programs members, including J. Weaver in Irkutsk, Russia (December 1996), and J. Weaver and J. Medlin in Taejon, South Korea (July 1997). In 1994, the prior project was promoted by the International Programs office to the Department of State which provided a $85K grant for purchase of four CAD computer systems for participating Russian institutes and for development of a four-dimensional metallogenic-tectonic model for the first project. (4) Major project briefings will continue to be given to USGS managers as requested. Previous briefings have been presented about the current and prior projects to Chief Geologist P. Leahy, Associate Chief Geologist S. Bohlen, and Mineral Resource Program Coordinator L. Gunderson. And (5) the project will continue to provide important materials for briefings by USGS managers to other Federal and State agencies. For instance, the current and prior projects have been highlighted by USGS managers to: (1) the Arctic Research Committee of the National Academy of Sciences by the Mineral Resource Program Coordinator; (2) Department of State/AID by the Chief of the International Activities Group; and (3) NRC Review Panel for the Mineral Resource Program by the Mineral Resource Program Coordinator.

Important Geologic Division collaborators for the prior project have been: (1) the Center for Russian and Central Asian Minerals Studies (CERCAMS), headed by R. Grauch, that spawned the present project; and (2) the Branch of Alaskan Geology and present-day Alaska Section that spawned the prior study on the Russian Far East, Alaska, and the Canadian Cordillera.

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