Norilsk could disappear in 1950s
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Norilsk could disappear in 1950s

November 30, 2021

On August 21, 1955, the Norilsk integrated exploration expedition was formed on the basis of the Norilsk combine’s geological service.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. At that time, the combine was in a difficult situation. During the war years, the richest ores of the Norilsk-1 deposit were actually depleted. Mining of ordinary disseminated ores was in progress, vein ore was running out, profitability was falling.

There was a clear choice: either to find another rich deposit, or to close Norilsk altogether.

The Norilsk integrated exploration expedition geologists were given the task to find a new deposit.

The expedition was to complete the exploration of known deposits and start searching for new ones. In fact, at that time the future fate of the city depended on the geologists.

Geologists expanded their search areas, exploration became much more intense. They searched for ore in different directions: in Chernogorka, in the area of ​​the Fokina river, in Vologochan, Imangda, Mikchangda. They searched in the valley of the Talnah and Kharaelah rivers. Fortunately for Norilsk, they found it.

In the last issue of the History Spot photo project, we told about Mira street which was a platform for the city experiments. They even wanted to build a domed winter garden on it.

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Text: Svetlana Samohina, Photo: Nornickel Polar Division archive

November 30, 2021

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