The book contains the biography of the oldest geologist of Ukraine. His homeland is Chernigov, he lived in the Urals for about 30 years, worked, studied. The author participated in the Great Patriotic War, a tankman, battled from Smolensk to Vienna (Austria). Since the 1960s - again in Ukraine. His biography reflects almost the entire Soviet era. The sections of the book are subtly intertwined with an original presentation of the material. Particular attention is paid to the geology and mineralogy of ore deposits of noble metals in the Urals, as well as the Carpathians and other regions of Ukraine. For a wide range of readers.