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Boris Z. Kantor

Crystal growth & development: interpreted from a Mineral's Present Form. Talks on Minerals. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 6, 2003.

Foreword   7
   
Preface: What are we going to talk about?     8
   
Talk 1: CRYSTALS IN ORDERLY RANKS  
On parallel "intregrowths", and on the skill of getting at the roots    9
   
Talk 2: WATER WEARS AWAY STONE  
On dissolution of mineral, and on deceptive appearance    16
   
Talk 3: SELF-HEALERS  
On how minerals act if having got into trouble    20
   
Talk 4: IF THE MOUNTAIN WON'T COME TO MOHAMMED  
On some grave consequences of irregular nourishment    23
   
Talk 5: SIAMESE TWINS  
On mineral adaptation to a cram, and on crystal twins    29
   
Talk 6: MIMICS  
On the twins that are quite unlike twins    35
   
Talk 7: JAPANESE TWINS  
On some twins-accelerates, and not only from Japan    38
   
Talk 8: POLYSYNTHETIC TWINS  
Tree-like, lamellar, … and cascade-like    41
   
Talk 9: CRYSTAL GROUPS DIFFER  
What is “druza”: a crystal cluster?    44
   
Talk 10: SELF-ORGANIZATION  
A drama with prologue and epilogue    47
   
Talk 11: ORDERED DISORDER  
On the faults that give birth to perfection    51
   
Talk 12: BETWEEN THE POLES  
On the roads and footsteps of perfection    59
   
Talk 13: BETWEEN THE POLES (the sequel)  
On crystal families and tribal signs    64
   
Talk 14: BETWEEN THE POLES (the conclusion)  
On the way to spherocrystal    69
   
Talk 15: THE WILFUL HEMIMORPHITE  
And on twisted and other quartzes once again    77
   
Talk 16: “PSEUDO...” AND ENSUING CONSEQUENCES  
The end of the sinter myth    82
   
Talk 17: WE CARRY OUT AN EXPERIMENT!  
To proceed with the topic    88
   
Talk 18: SOMETHING ABOUT MYSTERIOUS ORIGIN OF AGATES  
Ideas and facts    92
   
Talk 19: BUBBLES AND SPURTS  
Solution in a bag    105
   
Talk 20: HALITES AND STALACTITES  
On self-organization once again    107
   
Talk 21: HOW LONG MINERAL GROWS?  
A talk with an expert in caves    110
   
Talk 22: SOME TICKS TO MEMORIZE  
A farewell talk    115
   
Bibliography  126
   
Index  127