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Important Dates in March


March 12, 1863, Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadskiy was born. He was a great Russian scientist and thinker, a prominent mineralogist and a founder of geochemistry. Mineral vernadite is named in his honor.

March 15, 1932, Oleg Vasilievich Kononov was born. He is a specialist in luminescence and mineral typomorphism, technogenic mineralogy and gemology. During more than 40 years, he works as a lecturer at the Mineralogical Department of the Moscow State University.

March 15, 1938, Margarita Ivanovna Novgorodova was born. She is a specialist in gold mineralogy. She was the director of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences about 10 years. Mineral novgorodovaite is named in her honor.

March 16, 1936, mineralogist Vyacheslav Dusmatov was born. He is one of the first explorers of Dara-I-Pioz Massif. Mineral of dusmanovite, discovered in this massif, is named in his honor.

March 16, 1967, mineralogist Igor Pekov was born. He works at the Mineralogical Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University as a researcher on mineralogy of alkaline massifs. He is an author of guidebook on new minerals discovered in the former USSR, review about the Lovozero pegmatite and others. He also gathered one of the largest systematic collections of minerals.

March 20, 1933, Alexandr Moiseevich Gorodnickiy was born. He is famous geophysicist and outstanding author of many songs devoted geologists and their travels.

Latest Publications

MINERAL OBSERVER
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 28, issue 2, 2023

80 pages, 205 illustrations including 104 mineral photos.

This issue the Mineralogical Almanac opens with a paper by the Ural mineralogists Vladimir S. Ponomarev and Yuriy V. Erokhin "Almandine from the Glubochinskoe deposit near Sysert, Central Urals." The column "Outstanding Russian mineralogists" pre­sents a paper by Nadezhda A. Krivolutskaya, Evgenia V. Sidorova and Leonid R. Kolbantsev "There is nothing more practical than a good theory...,” devoted to 120 years of the birth of Mikhail N. Godlevskiy, a remarkable Russian mineralogist and geologist. The photo gallery is dedicated to specimens from Huanggang, China, from the collection of Olga and Dmitry Davydovs. A coverage of an interesting event in life of the the Russian mineralogical community, the exhibition "Mineral. Two Views" at Vernadsky State Geological Museum in Moscow, is given in the paper by Victoria V. Chernenko and Vladislav G. Dyatlov. The issue closes with a paper by Michael B. Leybov, in which he shares his impressions of the 2023 Tucson Mineral Show.



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MINERAL OBSERVER
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 27, issue 3, 2022

80 pages, 196 illustrations including 103 mineral photos.

This issue of the Mineralogical Almanac is dedicated to memory of Boris Z. Kantor (1930–2022), a devoted friend, prolific author, and continuous editor of the magazine, an outstanding mineral collector, and talented popularizer of mineralogy. His life journey and creative development are described in the article by Igor V. Pekov and Michael B. Leybov. The outstanding Bulgarian mineralogist Mikhail N. Maleev and the colleagues from the United States Prof. John Rakovan, museum curator Carl A. Francis, and renowned mineral collector Alexander G. Schauss share their recollections of Boris Z. Kantor. This issue also includes a paper written in 2022 by Boris Z. Kantor on some morphological types of quartz. Emphasizing the high skill and talent of Boris Z. Kantor as a photographer, we present a gallery of selected photographs of mineral specimens that he took in different years for his publications. This issue is colluded with two papers devoted to interesting mineral localities in Russia. Mikhail V. Tsyganko writes about the Peschanskoe iron deposit in the Northern Urals, and Maria D. Mil'shina and Aleksey Yu. Mil'shin give an account of the Vorobievsky crushed stone quarry in the Tver region.



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MINERAL OBSERVER
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 28, issue 1, 2023

80 pages, 161 illustrations including 92 mineral photos.

This issue of Mineralogical Almanac is traditional in its content. The team of authors – Yuriy V. Erokhin, Vladimir S. Ponomarev, Ivan A. Baksheev, Valeriy V. Grigor'ev, and Anatoliy V . Zakharov has prepared an article on a sensational find of dravite near Ekaterinburg at Central Urals. In our “Travels for the Minerals” section, we publish an article by Mikhail V. Tsyganko, Georgiy A. Petrov, Vladimir A. Popov, and Anatoliy V. Kasatkin about an expedition for staurolite to the Khoza-Tump Ridge in the North Urals. The Tatarstan Natural History Museum and its mineralogical collection are described in the article by Oleg P. Shilovskiy, Oleg N. Lopatin, and Mikhail V. Tsyganko. In the section “Person of the Mineral Community,” we publish an article by Dona Leicht, dedicated to Marie Huizing, the Editor-in-Chief of Rocks & Minerals magazine. As usual, there are reviews on Mineral Shows: Munich Show (September, 2022) and Gemma (December, 2022). Sergey V. Kolisnichenko wrote the notice on new Gumbeika meteorite recently found in the South Urals. Artem S. Borisov wrote the note on a new book for mineral collectors “Rudabánya. Mining-Geology-Minerals” which is illustrated by László Kupi photos from this book. The Stone-carving masterpieces of the State Hermitage Museum are covered by Natalia M. Mavrodina and Elena A. Ol'khovaya in the article “Altai Colored Stone of Kolyvan stonecutters in the Hermitage.”



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