The Centre for Russian and Central EurAsian Mineral Studies (CERCAMS)
The Centre for Russian and Central EurAsian Mineral Studies (CERCAMS) is a centre for research on the geodynamics and metallogenesis of the former Soviet Union and its neighbouring territories, including China and Mongolia.
Central Asia, Russia and adjacent areas contain vast mineral wealth. In Soviet times many organisations conducted research into and exploration of these resources.
With the active collaboration of academic institutes in the region, we aim to enhance and supplement the existing knowledge and skills base of researchers/scientists in the former Soviet Union and its neighbouring territories.
- collate this data and share it with the academic community
- develop state-of-the-art research in metallogenesis and geodynamics of the former Soviet Union and its adjacent territories
- serve as a communication node between academic researchers and the mining industry
CERCAMS is based at the Museum because:
- the Museum is a neutral venue, readily accessible to the international community
- our researchers are involved in a number of collaborative research projects across the region
- we have a track record in providing grant-funded training and analytical expertise to visiting researchers from the former Soviet Union
- delivering bespoke training and capacity building
CERCAMS has developed a variety of commercial products. These by-products of our research include high-quality GIS layers and supporting data.
We produce a range of printed products including:
- English language reference field guides
- special publications and monographs
- metallogenic and geodynamic maps
- translations of local language texts
We have also developed a comprehensive atlas covering the central part of the Eurasian lithospheric plate. Further information about the atlas can be found in this Mining Journal article PDF (17KB).
To order CERCAMS products please download, complete and post/submit the following forms:
Fluid saturation textures
Famous ore deposits of central Eurasia
- Dr Martin Smith
University of Brighton
- Dr Alexander Yakubchuk
Orsu Metals Corporation, London
- Dr Axel Müller
Natural History Museum-University of Oslo, Norway
- Dr A. Zaytsev
St Petersburg State University
- Prof Anthony Naldrett
Royal Holloway, University of London and University of Toronto