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The NHM Mineralogy department covers a wide range of research topics, from fundamental mineral chemistry, to nanoparticles and nanotoxicity, to meteorite research, to ore expoloration and economic geology.

 

Research on mineral ores has always involved close collaboration with the mining industry and the NHM set up a centre to ensure more effective liaison with industry some years ago: CERCAMS, the Centre for Russian and Central EurAsian Mineral Studies.  This centre is supported by subscriptions from industry partners.

 

Reimar Seltmann, with CERCAMS associated researchers and members of the Working Group on Tin & Tungsten Deposits of the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (WGTT IAGOD), contributed to the compilation of the digital database on global tin and tungsten deposits, with the support of the Geological Survey of Canada.

 

 

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Tungsten in mineral form

 

The tin-tungsten database has been incorporated into the Geoscience Data Repository (GDR) of the Earth Sciences Sector, Geological Survey of Canada and is now accessible as an online publication (http://gdr.nrcan.gc.ca/minres/data_e.php). 

 

Sinclair, W.D., Gonevchuk, G.A., Korostelev, P.G., Semenyak, B.I., Rodionov, S., SELTMANN R., and Stemprok, M., 2011, World Distribution of Tin and Tungsten Deposits; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5482, scale 1:35 000 000.