Today we studied many layers of lavas and some tuffs while walking up a rushing stony creek called the Mokulay. Some tectonic folding and faulting of these rocks in the last 250 million years has conveniently tipped the layers, so we walk more or less horizontally along the river and pass the layers one after another, up through time. Hot and sweaty and happy, we rushed back to Noril'sk Geology to hear Volodia give a talk about his lab's paleomagnetic research to the scientists there. We had a great conversation with the estimable expert on Noril'sk lavas, Viktor Rad'ko (he later joined us for dinner and more conversation, kindly translated back and forth by Volodia and Anton). Back in the 4-wheel drive! Off we went through Noril'sk proper to clamber up the Daldykan instrusion, which though it originally solidified within the crust, has now been stranded as a hilltop after glaciation and other erosive forces stripped off the rock and soil above it and around it.
A typical day of geology here: Astonishing rocks, and plenty of them, walking, climbing, carrying an increasingly heavy pack, a lot of science to think about, pleasant and inspiring colleagues, and long long hours, starting with a vast breakfast, skipping lunch altogether, ending with a late dinner (this time meat and cheese pies the size of platters washed down with beer; this is not a cuisine for wimps). Now it's 11:00 PM here and I'm back in my room needing to go to sleep because tomorrow we are back in the helicopter, gods of planning and permissions allowing. Thus, this short post and some photos.