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Important Dates in May


May 6, 1929, Marianna Borisovna Chistyakova was born, who stays with A.E. Fersman Mineralogical museum (RAS) since the 1950’s(!). She supervises the gem and color stone collection of the Museum.

May 15, 1915, John Sinkankas was born (died May 17, 2002), a famous gemologist and an author of a fundamental book on North American gemstones, Emerald and Other Beryls, this original encyclopedia, a magnificent course of mineralogy for amateurs, and many other books. Mineral sinkakasite was named in his honor. As http://www.palagems.com/ sinkankas.htm states: “…Pilot, author, bibliophile, bookbinder, collector, artist, lapidary, historian, scholar – John Sinkankas was the epitome of the Renaissance man.”

May 17, 1936, Lia Nikolayevna Kogarko, a academician of Russian Academy of Science and a specialist in magmatism, ore deposition, and geochemistry, was born. Mineral kogarkoite discovered in Colorado, USA, was named in her honor.

May 18, 1925, Anatoly Nikolaevich Korobov was born, a pilot, designer, artist, lapidary, collector, screenplay author for animated films, etc. For many years he heads the Moscow friends of Mineralogy Club, being an organizer and participant of the Wonder in Stone annual exhibition for three decades. His scenery stone collection is a unique.

May 20, 1936, Nikolai Pavlovich Yushkin, a academician of Russian Academy of Science, was born. He is a mineralogist (in particular, he deals with biomineralogical problems) and a Director of the Geological Institute of the Komi Scientific Center, Uralian Branch of RAS (Syktyvkar). During the last two decades he heads studies on fundamental description of the Uralian mineralogy. Mineral yushkinite was named in his honor.

May 21, 1885, Nikolay Alexeevich Smol'yaninov was born (died 1957), a Professor of mineralogy in the Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute since 1930 and a head of the Mineralogical museum of the same institute during 1930-1957. He was among the top mineralogists and an author of a Practical Guide on Mineralogy. Mineral smolyaninovite was named in his honor.

May 29, 1846, Carl Fabergé was born, famous Russian jewelry.

Latest Publications

MINERAL OBSERVER.
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 22, issue 1, 2017

96  pages, 172 illustrations including 105 mineral photos.
Themain article of this issue by Vasiliy N. Orlov on Gold Nuggets fromSiberia continues a series of publications devoted to Treasures of the Diamond Fund of Russia. The information and photographs of most of these nuggets are published here for the first time. Pavel Yu. Plechov, director of the Fersman Mineralogical MuseumRAS, continues a project for the 300th Anniversary of this Museum. Another part of the museum section is devoted to the Paris Natural History Museum that is reported by Cristiano Ferraris, Caroline Noyes, and Jean-Marc Fourcault. The Jubilees section is devoted to crystallographer Nikolay V. Belov and mineralogists Nathan I. Ginzburg and Richard V. Gaines, outstanding scientists of the 20th century.
Jacques Touret, from Ecole des Mines de Paris and Andrey G. Bulakh from the St. Petersburg State University tell about the detailed history of the building of the Tombstone of Napoleon I in Paris from quartzite from Shoksha (Karelia, Russia). Sergey V. Kolisnichenko reports on a new meteorite form the South Urals (Russia). Reports of Mineral Shows and exhibitions held in 2016 include the Moscow and Munich Mineral Shows and a stonecutting art exhibition in the Vernadsky State Geological Museum RAS (Moscow).



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MINERAL OBSERVER.
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 21, issue 3, 2016

96 pages, 223 illustrations including 156 mineral photos.

Main article by Irina I. Kupriyanova and Nikolay N. Krivoshchekov devoted to beryllium minerals of the unique Ermakovskoye deposits in the Eastern Transbaikal Region. Boris Z. Kantor devoted his ontogenic column to unusual calcite from India. 
Two articles devoted to the eminent persons of the mineral world: Nikolay P. Yushkin, Academician, mineralogist, and Wendell Wilson, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the famous American magazine Mineralogical Record. 
The phenomenon of mineral collecting is discussed again on the pages of our magazine in an article of Boris Z. Kantor. 
As usual we publish reports from some Mineral Shows, held in the first half of the year in Tucson (United States), Moscow (Russia) and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines (France).



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Mineralogy of Saranovskoe Chromite Deposit (Middle Urals)
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 21, issue 2, 2016

Famous Mineral Localities of Russia
Oleg K. Ivanov
Mineralogy of Saranovskoe Chromite Deposit (Middle Urals). Mineralogical Almanac, volume 21, issue 2, 2016.
Moscow: Mineral-Almanac Ltd. 128 pages, 261 illustrations including 179 mineral photos.


This issue of Mineralogical Almanac is devoted to the Saranovskoe chromite deposit at Middle Urals.
This deposit known for almost two hundred years is a unique mineralogical object, particularly as a source of great diversity of unusual Cr-bearing minerals. Among mineralogists and collectors Saranovskoe is famous for nice specimens of uvarovite, shuiskite, redledgeite, millerite, Cr-enriched varieties of titanite, amesite, diaspore, kassite, and pumpellyite-group and chlorite-group minerals. Crystals of grimaldiite and guyanaite were first found here.
At present 111 mineral species are known at the Saronovskoe deposit. Rich and unusual mineralization is a result of the interactions of chromitic rocks related to layered gabbro-ultramafic intrusion and hydrothermal solutions produced by dolerite dikes. The data on the mineralogy of the Saranovskoe deposit are summarized including results of author’s long-time studies, a review of all previously published data and description of interesting recent mineral finds.



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