Vladimir Shchukin graduated from the Leningrad Mining Institute in 1977 as mining engineer-geologist. In 1987, he defended his Ph. D. dissertation on the topic "Timan Aulacogen and the prospects for its diamondiferous potential". He has been 26 years of field experience of exploring mineral deposits in various regions of Russia and abroad. He discovered kimberlite pipes in Canada, Ontario, and a number of pipes in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia. Author and co-author of more than 30 scientific papers.
Diamond exploration in the Arkhagelsk Region
Currently, the Arkhangelsk region is developing two world-class diamond deposits named after M. Lomonosov and them V. Grib. The widespread occurrence of diamonds and kimberlite indicator minerals in modern alluvial sediments, in the sedimentary rocks of the platform in the entire European north of Russia, testifies to the many of their primary sources and, accordingly, to diamond deposits not yet discovered.
The employees of Proex Service LLC have developed an automated system for analysing geological and geophysical materials in order to forecast and search for Proex-geology diamond deposits. Using this system, a large amount of initial geological and geophysical materials was analysed, the most promising areas for discovering new diamond deposits were identified, and these areas were licensed. A large amount of exploration work has been carried out on licensed areas, direct signs of the presence of new diamond deposits have been obtained.
seven new kimberlite pipes have been discovered at the Kozolsky site in 2016-2017. The KL1 pipe is the most studied, according to petrochemical and mineralogical data, the pipe is similar to the high diamondiferous pipe named after V. Griba. The remaining pipes were opened by 1-2 wells and require further study. In all other areas, diamonds and kimberlite indicator minerals have been discovered, and tube-type geophysical anomalies have been identified. The materials obtained indicate a high probability of discovering new diamond deposits.