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MINERAL OBSERVER.
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 23, issue 2, 2018

96 pages, 305 illustrations including 212 mineral photos.
This issue of the Mineralogical Almanac opens up with a series of historical materials. The first of them is an article by Natalia V. Borovkova (St. Petersburg Mining Museum) devoted to one of Russia's oldest collections: the Catherine the Great Mineral Cabinet. Two other articles, one by Elena N. Matvienko and Lev A. Shcherbakov and the other by Inna S. Lykova, are dedicated to Ivan B. Auerbach's wonderful mineralogical collection, which is housed at the Russian State Agrarian University (Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy). The rubric "Distinguished Mineralogists" comprises two articles: the article by our frequent author Vladimir I. Pavlishin is devoted to René Just Haüy, the founder of structural crystallography, and the article by Vladimir I. Ermolenko is dedicated to Vladimir N. Avdonin, the author's teacher and one of the most brilliant scientists of the Uralian mineralogical school. The historical part of the issue ends with Natalia V. Borovkova's article on an exhibition at the St. Petersburg Mining Museum that is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Russian Mineralogical Society. In his column “Guide to the Ontogeny of Minerals”, Boris Z. Kantor leads the reader to the growth mysteries of active faden. The section on mineral localities represents Mikhail M. Bitman's article on the mineralogy of limestone and dolomite deposits in the southern Donetsk Basin. As usual, a certain space is allotted for reports on mineral shows: in Tucson (February, 2018) and Moscow (Gemma, April, 2018). Meteorite amateurs will be interested in Sergei V. Kolisnichenko's article on meteorites recently found in Russia. As usual, the issue represents Stuart Wilensky's photogallery, showing this time the Mineral Treasures from Europe.



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MINERAL OBSERVER.
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 23, issue 1, 2018

104 pages, 272 illustrations including 133 mineral photos.
In this issue of Mineralogical Almanac we have summarised the main events in 2017. The main article by Eugeniy G. Gapanyuk, the curator of the Diamond Fund of the Russian Federation, is devoted to this fund which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2017. This paper describes the history of this exhibition which is unique in the world and highlights the displays of the Diamond Fund. Yulia D. Gritsenko and Ekaterina I. Gerasimova report the results of a study of the unique size and perfection of crystals of morimotoite, which were recently mined at the Odikhincha alkaline pluton in North Siberia. Dmitry A. Kliemenov and Alexander L. Usov describe an exhibit of fulgurites (“petrified lightning”) in the Urals Geological Museum. A paper by Yuriy B. Marin, the President of the Russian Mineralogical Society, is devoted to the 200th Anniversary of this society. Vladimir I. Pavlishin, our frequent author, devoted his historical notes to Alexander N. Karnozhitskiy and Alexander A. Godovikov in the column “Prominent Mineralogists.” In the column “My Mineralogical Journey,” we publish an autobiographical essay by Boris Z. Kantor, a famous Russian collector, an expert in mineral ontogeny, and a talented writer of popular-science books and articles for mineral collectors. Next to that his paper entitled “Quartz Twins by Japan Law and Native Copper” in the column “Guide to the Ontogeny of Minerals” is published. As is our tradition we also publish reviews of mineral shows in 2017 in Russia and major shows around the world: Saint-Maire-aux-Mines, Denver and Munich. These were prepared by our international team.

 



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Bazhenovskoe Deposit (Central Urals, Russia): Mineralogy of Rodingites
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 22, issue 3, 2017

Famous Mineral Localities of Russia

Yuriy V. Erokhin

Bazhenovskoe Deposit (Central Urals, Russia):
Mineralogy of Rodingites
. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 22,
issue 3, 2017. Moscow: Mineral-Almanac Ltd. 136 pages, 236 illustrations including 212 mineral photos.

This issue is devoted to rodingites of the Bazhenovskoe chrysotile asbestos deposit located in the Asbest city, Central Urals, Russia. This deposit is related to the Bazhenovskiy ophiolite complex. Numerous spectacular specimens of grossular, diopside, vesuvianite, brucite, clinochlore, prehnite, zeolites and otherminerals fromBazhenovskoe have been kept inmanymuseumand private collections since the beginning of last century. Two new minerals kasatkinite and tatarinovite have been discovered in rodingites of Bazhenovskoe. In this work, besides the mineralogy, the history of studies and geological setting of Bazhenovskoe rodingites are reported, as well as, their typization and genetic features. Chemical composition and detailed data on crystal morphology are given for many minerals. This book can be interesting for mineralogists and students in geological specializations, as well as, amateurs of mineral collectors and museum curators.



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