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Golden Compass winner inspires explorers

By Yang Fan ( chinadaily.com )

Updated: 2017-01-09

Golden Compass winner inspires explorers
Qi Liansu (R) makes note during a geological exploration. [Photo/ddcpc.cn]

A geologist from Guizhou province is inspiring a new generation keen on exploring rocks and minerals found in the earth’s surface.

Qi Liansu, 46, first forged a career in geological exploration after joining Team 105 of the Bureau of Geology in 1991. With compass, magnifying glass, and hammer in hand, Qin explored the mountains of Guizhou in search for precious minerals which can be commercially mined.

In 2014, Qi won the inaugural Golden Compass award for her contributions to geographic exploration. Awarded to 100 geologists every two years, the award seeks to shine a light on outstanding finds and achievements.

Many geologists out on explorations must live a transient lifestyle. In portable houses and braving harsh conditions such as cold nights and strong winds, the geologists often work for more than 10 hours a day, months at a time.

“Conditions can be precarious; walking along the edge of deep karst caves with one false move meaning injury or even death,” said Qi.

In 2012, Qi made the discovery of her lifetime.

Whilst leading an exploration team in Pu’an county, Qi was given six months to find substantial gold or other mineral resources in the area.

After two months of endless analysis and data collection, Qi and her team discovered a gold seam estimated to amount to 48 tons, carrying an estimated value of 10 billion yuan ($1.45 billion). The gold will be extracted by Pu’an’s Nipu Gold Mine.

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