Geology students find over 530 million aged ancient organisms

Geology students of Tomsk Polytechnic University returned from the TPU Center of Geology Training in Khakasia, Russia. They brought over 100 samples of rocks and minerals intended to the Paleontology Museum and academic collections.

TPU Center of Geology Training in Khakasia was established in 1959 as a natural laboratory in the open air with the area of 100x50 km, which presents geological processes in different landscape zones. Every year geology students of Tomsk Polytechnic University go for field practice there. For the years of its existence more than 10,000 students were trained in the center.

This summer 70 sophomores went to Khakasia. They worked at the polygon for six weeks. During this time, the students learnt how to identify various rocks and sediments, make geological maps and forecast the presence of certain minerals in a definite area.

Besides, the students collected a great number of fossil and mineral samples.

‘Every year we together with our students bring various samples for academic collections and our Paleontology Museum. This year we have managed to collect a lot of interesting samples,’

notes Training Supervisor, Ass. Prof. Irina Rychkova, the Department of Geology and Minerals Prospecting.


The students found the remains of archeocyts (ancient, now extinct organisms), dated back to over 530 million years, stromatolites (the products of the life of cyanobionts, i.e. organisms produced the first oxygen on the planet), interesting samples of molybdenum and other minerals.


All the samples replenished Paleontology Museum and academic collections of Tomsk Polytechnic University.