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History

     Years went past. The Institute of the country has undergone transformations. The exhibits refilled and stored with the help of geological survey expeditions, personal collections of teaching staff, tutors, students and graduates and those brought from various field deposits of the republic and CIS or far-abroad countries. Amongst the numerous gifts one of the latest is the samples of copper and sulphide ores from Chile from professor of our University Mr. V.A. Luganov. The collection of corals was brought by students from South Vietnam and Yemen studying at our University. The samples of bauxite (aluminum) ores from Guinea were presented by associate professor I.B. Baichigasov. The sample of dioptase from Congo from associate professor E.S. Toleubayev is unique and many others. The professor of GG of MandP Department Mr. A.T. Bekbotaev with his own hand collected about 400 samples of minerals, rocks, phosphoric, iron, rare metal and rare earth ores on the Kola Peninsula. These samples found its applications in educational collection of mineralogy and petrography and also in the Museum.
     Pride of the Museum is the collection of minerals and ores of Dzhezkazgan, presented by Meiz Kanyshevna, the daughter of K. I. Satpayev. From the earliest times the copper field of Dzhezkazgan was well-known and connected with the name of the great geologist. This field is characterized by unique collection of ore-hosting wastes, ores and minerals. It includes wonderful crystals of galena, chalcocite, cleiophane, fahl ores, rare betechtenit, native silver, and oxide ores, containing malachite, chrysocolla, blue copper ore, red copper ore, ehlite and native copper.
      Many of the exhibits reveal us the history of the Department of Institute and University.
     Currently about 1500 samples placed in 41 show-cases, 5 podiums and 10 stands are exhibited in the Museum. Main exposure belongs to Kazakhstan. Numerous field deposits of Kazakhstan contains nonferrous, ferrous and rare metal ores, ore mining and mining and chemical materials, coal, oil and construction materials. The samples of Kazakhstani rocks, ores and minerals decorate many Geological Museums of CIS countries.
      Mineral collections classified by conventional system accepted by A.G. Betekhten. Collection contains many widespread minerals and rare findings unique by its size, shape and color. There are large crystals and druses of pyrite, fluoride, calcite, bornite and well-bounded crystals of galena, chalcosite, sphalerite, wolframite and orthoclase among the interesting exhibits. Differently colored crystals of fluoride, tourmaline, halite, calcite, beryl, chalcedony and opal attract the special attention. There are minerals which are discovered only in the territory of Kazakhstan. Among these are phosphato-vanadates and vanadates, found on deposit fields in North-Western Karatau and borates, identified in salt masses in Caspian Sea region.
Many of the rarest minerals are called after great scientists and geologists of Kazakhstan as Satpaevit, Rusakovit, Bokit, Gusevichit and others, and considered as new ones found in the latest 30-35 years. After the world’s first cosmonaut Y.A. Gagarin the aggregate fluoride of rare earth, Gagarinit, was named. Such mineral as Dzhezkaganit, the unique mineral of rare and very trace element as radium, was named after the place where it was found.
     The Museum is educational and training center with visual information. The training courses for students and many excursions for pupils are conducted here. The Museum attended by famous scientists and guests from foreign countries. Amongst the delegation and people attending Museum it is important to note the representatives of Lithuanian State University, French Mining services, Korean and Kazakhstan Center, Colorado Mining School and the delegation from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg Universities and many others.
     The Minister of Education and Science Zh.Tuimebayev also attended our Museum. Many guests of our University were presented gifts and souvenirs, prepared from gemstones of Kazakhstan.
It is necessary to note the historical moment of KazNTU life, the visit of President N.A. Nazarbayev to the University. He was gifted a souvenir, decorated with ore minerals and semi-precious stones of Kazakhstan. Nursultan Abishevich gratefully accepted it.
     We would like to hope that both the specialist and amateur of gemstones and minerals surely find something informative and beautiful for themselves after getting to know the exhibits of Mineralogy Museum.