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MINERAL OBSERVER.
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 22, issue 2, 2017

96 pages, 216 illustrations including 158 mineral photos.

The article by Vasiliy N. Orlov on Gold Nuggets found in the Magadan Oblast and Chukotka Peninsula and displayed at the exposition of the Diamond Fund of Gokhran of Russia, is the lead article in this issue. All displayed nuggets are described in detail and are photographed for the first time. Boris Z. Kantor devoted his regular column to the term druza which is widespread in Russian mineral literature. The column "Jubilee" contains an article by Vladimir I. Pavlishin hosting this column about Alexander V. Sidorenko, an outstanding geologist whose creative way was marked by epic discoveries, and an article by Nadezhda N. Krivitskaya and Sophia K. Ryakhovskaya about Marina S. Sakharova, a wonderful scientist and teacher of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Bob Jones, an outstanding American Collector, Writer and Editor wrote about himself in the column "My Mineralogical Journey". Two articles in the column "Travels for Minerals": first by Victor A. Slyotov remembers his travels to Shurab, Tajikistan, for celestine; second, Mikhail V. Tsyganko with colleagues tells about a Karst Cavity with Calcite Druses in the “Krasnaya Shapochka” Mine, Northern Urals, Russia, and the third article by Mikhail M. Bitman describes findings of skeletal quartz in Lugansk Oblast this spring. Notes on Mineral Shows – Denver-2016 and Tucson-2017, "Virgin Russia" photo exhibition, and Spring Gemma-2017 are also included. And two great Photogalleries – one by Stuart Wilensky and another by Marcus Budil – are real “pearls”of the issue.



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 22, issue 1, 2017

96  pages, 172 illustrations including 105 mineral photos.
The main 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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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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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 21, issue 1, 2016

120 pages, 294 illustrations including 223 mineral photos.

This expanded issue of Mineral Observer dwells on wide range of topics covering different aspects of mineralogy and mineral collecting. Two articles are devoted to Kamenushinskoy copper deposit in Siberia, where fine specimens of malachite and azurite have been found recently. Vladimir S. Lednev describes briefly geological setting of the deposit and oxidation zone structure. Boris Z. Kantor gives a comprehensive analysis of malachite and azurite aggregates and crystals formation and intergrowth.
Museum section of the issue includes an article by Andreas Massanek and Gerhard Heide on a national mineralogical collection at Krügerhaus in Freiberg (Saxony, Germany). Fundamental problems of scientific mineral collecting discussed in an essay by Igor V. Pekov, Nikita V. Chukanov. Personality section includes two articles: John S. White, a mineralogist, particularly famous among collectors all over the world, tells his life story; Vladimir I. Pavlishin, prominent Ukranian mineralogist makes a historical review feachering two Russian mineralogist – Liya K. Yakhontova and Vasilii M. Severgin. As usual we publish short notes on some new finds and reports on world mineral shows in Moscow (Russia), Denver (USA) and Munich (Germany).



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Mednorudyanskoe Deposit
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 20, issue 3, 2015

Famous Mineral Localities of Russia
Vladimir A. Popov, Valentina I. Popova, Ivan A. Blinov, Vladimir S. Ponomarev
Minerals of the Mednorudyanskoe Deposit, Russia. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 20, issue 3, 2015.
Moscow: Mineral-Almanac Ltd. 128 pages, 244 illustrations including 178 mineral photos.

This issue is focused on the Mednorudyanskoe deposit in the town, Urals, Russia. The early 19th century, it was the largest malachite deposit worldwide. It provided not only magnificent material for decoration of halls in palaces, cathedrals, artworks, and jewels, but numerous remarkable museum hand specimens. Excellent specimens of not only malachite, but libethenite, pseudomalachite, reinchanbachite, and some other minerals come from the deposit up to now; brochantite and delafossite were discovered here. Many outstanding scientists studied the Mednorudyanskoe deposit. At present, 103 minerals were found at the deposit including 42 minerals from primary ores and other from the oxidation zone. The original and previously published data on mineralogy of the Mednorudyanskoe deposit are summarized.



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 20, issue 2, 2015

104 pages, 264 illustrations including 173 mineral photos.

The main articles of the current issue devoted to Victor Ivanovich Stepanov, the prominent Russian mineralogist and minerals collector. Some articles are dedicated to this eminent scientist and person, to the memories of his disciples and colleagues, and to the description of his collection donated by V.I. Stepanov to the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, RAS. 
This year has also been marked by a very interesting mineral show in Tucson, and this is why we decided to include in this issue a number of articles describing its numerous exhibits. Also we report about “Mineral and Gem” Show in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines (France). We keep treating the topic of the minerals' ontogeny by publishing the “A Zeolite Harmony” written by Boris Z. Kantor. 
Several pages are dedicated to the current exhibitions, jubilees and new finds.



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 20, issue 1, 2015

88 pages, 189 illustrations including 118 mineral photos, and 12 mineral paintings.

The issue presents information covering all our regular themes. In the section “Famous Mineral Localities” we publish an article, with many pictures, on the Banská Štiavnica mining district by A. Russ and S. Jeleň (Slovakia) that includes brief historical review of mining activity, short description of geology and data on the most interesting minerals. The phenomenon of parallel crystal groups growth is discussed in article by B.Z. Kantor (“A Guide to Ontogeny of Minerals” column). First data on Kamenushinskoe, a new locality of fine specimens of azurite and, especially, malachite recently found in Siberia are given in the section “Discovery of the Year”. Our reports cover several mineral shows of the last third of 2014: Gemma in Moscow, Jewelry Olympus in St. Petersburg, Mineralientage in Munich and the Denver Show. A highlight of the issue is mineral paintings by an artist V.L. Shcherbina who demonstrates now the series “Masterpieces of Eastern Europe from the Fersman Mineralogical Museum”. A brief report from England, where the Mindat UK Symposium-2014 took place, and the Photo Gallery in which S. Wilensky presents Mineral Treasures of the United States, concluds the issue.



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 19, issue 3, 2014

80 pages, 234 illustrations including 142 mineral photos.

The «Mineral Observer» magazine of Mineralogical Almanac, volume 19, issue 3 opens by our Congratulatuions to Marie Huizing Anniversary. Sergei V. Kolisnichenko article tells on new discovery of Kunashak meteorite in Chelyabinsk Region. Mikhail Yu. Generalov describes the first Russian hardrock gold (Voitskoye deposit in Karelia, North of European Russia) from collection of Fersman Mineralogical Museum, RAS.
In A Guide to Ontogeny of Minerals section Boris Z. Kantor writes about Paper Spar - calcite with very dramatically flattened crys­tals, typical for Dalnegorsk. Travels for Minerals section is dedicated to a report of the Mineralogical Almanac team trip to the Urals for preparation of two new special issues on Mednorudyanskoye and Saranovskoye deposits. These publications are planned for 2015 and 2016 accordingly. Large description of Tucson Mineral Show that celebrated its 60th anniversary and articles about «Gemma» spring fair in Moscow and Second Changsha Mineral Show in China are presented.
The issue contains review on new books, «Treasures of China» Photo Gallery by Stuart Wilensky, and much more.



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Sherlova Gora
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 19, issue 2, 2014


Moscow: Mineral-Almanac Ltd. 144 pages, 271 illustrations including 198 mineral photos.
The issue is devoted to Sherlova Gora in Transbaikalia – one of the oldest and most classic mineral localities of Russia. For almost 300 years it is famous for its excellent beryl and topaz specimens as well as aquamarine and heliodor of high gem quality. It is also a well-known complex ore deposit known for tin, tungsten, bismuth, lead, and zinc. About two hundred different mineral species have been found here. This issue consists of two large articles written by well-known Russian experts who made significant contributions to the investigation of the mineralogy of Sherlova Gora.
The first article, by G.A. Yurgenson and O.V. Kononov, is dedicated to the hypogene formations of Sherlova Gora with a focus on its gemstones. The second article, by A.V. Kasatkin, K.I. Klopotov, and Y. Plášil, is dedicated to the oxidized zone mineralogy of Sherlova Gora. Both articles contain original data. The issue is interesting for mineral collectors as well as to mineralogists and curators of mineralogical museums.

 



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 19, issue 1, 2014

88 pages, 262 illustrations including 145 mineral photos.

Mineralogical Almanac (multi-theme issue Mineral Observer), vol. 19-1 includes articles both on minor localities (the fist Russian celestine, granite pegmatites of Borisovskiy massive) and on large provinces when origin and localities of Russian diamonds is concerned. Again we publish materials on Chelyabinsk meteorite, revealing some new details. Traditionally show reports cover autumn Shows in Denver, Munich, Moscow and Saint-Peterburg. Our Personalities in Mineralogy section devoted to outstanding Russian mineralogist and collector Victor I. Stepanov.



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 18, issue 3, 2013

96 pages, 315 illustrations including 147 mineral photos.

We open this issue of Mineralogical Almanac by an article of Sergey V. Kolisnichenko, who witnessed the Chelyabinsk meteorite fall. This event made all mankind to shudder in horror, since geological evidence proved that it could cause a global catastrophe. Victor K. Garanin, a new director of Fersman Mineralogical Museum RAS wrote an article discussing achievements and problems of Museum in historical aspect. Ontogeny of minerals section is resumed in our magazine by an article of Boris Z. Kantor dwelling on “white stripe” in quartz crystals. Terry Huizing, an outstanding collector, living in USA, is presented by an article of Carl A. Francis. Our usual show report section devoted to Tucson (USA), Saint-Marie-aux-Mines (France) and “Jewelry Olympus” competition (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).



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Kola Peninsula
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 18, issue 2, 2013


Moscow: Mineral-Almanac Ltd. 128 pages, 203 illustrations including 147 mineral color photos.
This special issue of the Mineralogical Almanac is devoted to the Kola Peninsula. The main article by I.V. Pekov and
A.P. Nikolaev is on the mineralogy of peralkaline pegmatites and hydrothermal bodies of the Koashva apatite deposit in Khibiny. The history of its exploration and geology are outlined, the pegmatite-hydrothermal complex is characterized and 127 minerals are described.
An article by A.V. Voloshin is focused on the history of mineralogical studies of the rare-element granite pegmatites of Kolmozero and Voron’i Tundras and the amazonite pegmatites of West Keivy. The paper by
Yu.L. Voitekhovsky is devoted to almandine and its deposits in West Keivy. A.V. Voloshin, I.V. Pekov and V.V. Borisova give a historical review with statistical data on 264 new minerals first discovered in the Kola region. A special article is devoted to the collection by V.G. Grishin, one of the most interesting modern collections of the Kola minerals.



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 18, issue 1, 2013

96 pages, 173 illustrations including 145 mineral photos.

The main article in this issue is devoted to the Dashkesan ore deposit situated in the Republic of Azerbaijan, This locality was very popular among collectors and professional mineralogists between 1960 and 1990. In additional to a general description of the geological setting and minerals of the deposit compiled by Michael B. Leybov we also publish two short articles by collectors Boris Z. Kantor and Alexey F. Glushkov, who visited Dashkesan more than once and collected many good specimens there.
The Gold Treasure of the Diamond Fund is described in the article by Vasiliy N. Orlov and Irina B. Taishcheva, who investigated the history of unique gold nuggets found in the Urals during the 20th century and made a thorough morphological description.
As usual we also publish mineral show reports, news and current temporary exhibitions.



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 17, issue 3, 2012

88 pages, 270 illustrations including 150 mineral photos.
The main article of this issue by Ukranian mineralogist Alexander I. Tishchenko deals with the mineralogy of a remarkable mineral locality – Pervomaisky Quarry (Crimea, Ukraine), the mineralization of which is similar to that of the world famous Puna in India. In view of the 150th anniversary of Vladimir I. Vernadsky we publish a historical review by a group of authors from Vernadsky State Geological Museum devoted to Vernadsky’s activity in development of the Museum collection. An article by academician Nikolay P. Yushkin describes the historical mineral collection of Russian Tzarina – Alexandra Pavlovna Romanova – in Eötvös Museum of Natural History of Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary). As usual, we also publish reports from mineralogical shows: Tucson, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg.



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SUBPOLAR URALS
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 17, issue 2, 2012

Subpolar Urals: Minerals of the Rock Crystal Veins

Vladimir V. Bukanov, Еugeny V. Burlakov, Аlexander V. Kozlov, Nikolay А. Pozidaev

FAMOUS MINERAL LOCALITIES SERIES
136 pages, 207 illustrations including 159 mineral photos.
This special issue of the Mineralogical Almanac contains a review of over 80 years of exploration history of the Subpolar Urals rock-crystal-bearing province, as well as data about the location of quartz deposits, their geology, main patterns of distribution, and stages of formation. The main focus is the mineralogy of numerous rock-crystal-bearing veins of the Subpolar Urals. Not only do they represent deposits and occurrences of valuable technical, piezo-optic, and jewelry raw materials, but they are also a source of fine and unique specimens of various minerals. The issue contains data about more than a hundred varieties of minerals, 45 of which had been discovered for the first time in these types of deposits.

 



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 17, issue 1, 2012

Mineral Observer. Mineral News from Russia and Beyond.
88 pages, 203 illustrations including 111 mineral photos.
Title article of this issue is written by prominent Russian mineralogist Vladimir A. Popov and contains a comprehensive description of Akhmatov Mine (South Urals). The locality is well-known to mineralogists and collectors primary as a type locality for perovskite. Historical review by Nina A. Mokhova tells a story of Aleksandr V. Razderishin, famous Russian collector of 18th century. Tat’yana M. Pavlova and Elena A. Borisova describe a specimen from the early collections of the Fersman mineralogical museum. In the “A Guide to Ontogeny of Minerals” column Boris Z. Kantor considers some “peculiarities”. As usual, we publish reviews of  the mindat.org conference in Lwówek ÅšSlaski (Poland) and main summer-autumn shows – Sainte-Marie-aux-Mine, Denver, and Munich.

 



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Russian Mineral Classics
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 16, issue 3, 2011

Russian Mineral Classics | Классические минералы России
(English + Russian)
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 16, issue 3, 2011. 156 pages, 114 mineral photos, 5 maps, in English and Russian.
This issue of Mineralogical Almanac is photo album and contains images of classical mineral specimens from famous Russian localities of Urals, Kola Peninsula, Siberia and Far East. Ural Emerald Mines, Murzinka, Ilmeny, Lovozero, Khibiny, Dalnegorsk and many others are among them. Full-page photos show 79 mineral specimens which comprise the top of Russian mineral world. The issue has been published on special occasion of 44th Denver Gem and Mineral Show-2011 devoted to Russian Minerals.



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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 16, issue 2, 2011

MINERAL OBSERVER: Mineral News from Russia and beyond.
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 16, issue 2, 2011
96 pages, 290 illustrations including 150 mineral photos.
This issue of Mineralogical Almanac contains reviews of several mineral Shows held in different countries since autumn 2010 up to April 2011 as well as special articles: Russian minerals in Vienna Natural History Museum by Vera Hammer, curator of the collection; “Person behind the Mineral name cancrinite” – a story by German mineralogists – Joachim A. Lorenz, Ralf T. Schmitt & Andreas G. Völker. In our ”Onthogeny“ section Boris Kantor discusses the “druse” phenomenon. News from Rubtsovskoye deposit and recent finds in Moscow region have included in the issue.



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RUBTSOVSKOE
Mineralogical Almanac volume 16, issue 1, 2011

Rubtsovskoe Deposit (North-West Altai, Russia): Mineralogy of the Oxidation Zone

Igor V. Pekov, Inna S. Lykova

FAMOUS MINERAL LOCALITIES SERIES
Mineralogical Almanac volume 16, issue 1, 2011.
96 pages, 167 illustrations including 153 mineral photos and 44 chemical analyses of 17 minerals.

This issue of the Mineralogical Almanac is devoted to the mineralogy of the oxidation zone of the Rubtsovskoe base-metal deposit
located in the north-west part of Rudnyi Altai (Altai Krai, Russia). This deposit, that has been operated as the Rubtsovsky mine of
Siberia-Polymetals OJSC since 2005, became famous due to remarkable finds of supergene minerals. Uniquely rich iodide mineralization was discovered here. Rubtsovskoe is also a source of top-level specimens of native copper, cuprite, marshite, miersite, and iodargyrite.

The issue contains the results of original mineralogical studies of the oxidation zone of the Rubtsovskoe deposit; 40 supergene
minerals are described.



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Mineralogical Alamanac volume 15, issue 3, 2010

88 pp., 232 illustrations including 128 mineral photos.

The heading paper of the issue is by Vasiliy N. Orlov “PlatinumNuggets fromthe Diamond Fund of the Russian Federation:Witnesses
of History” where the author describes in detail the platinum nuggets displayed in the Diamond Fund, and reveals the history of
their discovery. The historical subject is carried on by Rupert Hochleitner in his article “The Duke Leuchtenberg Collection in the
Mineralogical State Collection, Munich”.

In the “Ontogeny” column Boris Z. Kantor in his paper “The Habit Change: Inquiries into the Past, Conjectures for the Future” tells
the readers how to reconstruct the previous life of a mineral and to predict its future according to the change in crystal habit.. In
the column “Mineral Travel” we go to western Georgia, Lukhumi, where the splendid specimens of realgar and orpiment are discovered at the antimony deposit.

The exhibition stand in this issue we granted to Will Larson displaying “Minerals of Japan” and Stuart Wilensky with “Mineral
Masterpieces of Mexico”. Traditionally we publish show reports from mineral shows “Tucson-2010”, “Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines-2010”
and “The World of Stone” in St.-Petersburg.



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BELORECHENSKOYE DEPOSIT
Mineralogical Almanac volume 15, issue 2, 2010

96 pages, 108 illustrations including 81 mineral photos, and 7 sketches. 59 chemical analyses of 22 minerals.
The Mineralogical Almanac issue is devoted to the mineralogy of ore-bearing hydrothermal veins and oxidation zone of the
Belorechenskoye deposit in Adygea Republic, Northern Caucasus, Russia. It is a complex object, with nickel-uraniumand barite ores.
The deposit was prospected in 1960s – 1970s; since that time it has been a steady a source of fine museum-quality mineral specimens.

The issue summarizes both original authors’ and earlier published data. The main part of it contains the description of
65 minerals and veins of different types. Another part contains geological data of the deposit and surrounding area.



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Mineralogical Almanac volume 15, issue 1, 2010

Mineral Observer. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 15, issue 1, 2010.
88 pp.,256 illustrations including 145 mineral photos.
The Mineral Observer, vol. 15-1 issue contains articles on our usual themes. An article by Evgenii A. Lyashenko is a review of Russian agate localities. Boris Z. Kantor in an article «Traumatism in the Mineral World: Facts and Сomments» discusses complicate «life» of minerals after their origination. 200 years of scientific relations Ecole des Mines with Russia are described in a paper by Professor Jacques Touret. To 20 years anniversary of the youngest mineral museum in Moscow is devoted one special review. As a common, we publish book reviews, New Finds, Mineral Travels and reports from several important autumn shows: Denver Show, «Mineralientage» Munich–2009, «Gemma» in Moscow and «Saint-Petersburg Jeweller» in Saint-Petersburg.



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Mineralogical Almanac vol. 14 issue 3, 2009

Mineral Observer. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 14, issue 3, 2009. Moscow: Altum Ltd. 80 pp., 244 illustrations including 147 mineral photos.
The issue presents the article of the series ”Russian Mineral Treasures” dwelling on historical diamonds and recently mined Russian diamonds exhibit in Diamond Fund of the State Diamond and Jewellery Reserve (GOKHRAN) of Russia.
New ideas in the mineral ontogeny are a theme of the article “Aesthetics of Imperfection”.
Historical section includes articles “on special occasion” – the first one, devoted to the 250 anniversary of the Vernadsky State Geological Museum RAS and another – in a memory of outstanding Russian mineralogist Dmitriy P. Grigoriev.
As usual, we pay special attention to reports from the main mineral shows of the world; news from collectors and dealers; books review.
 



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URAL EMERALD MINES
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 14 issue 2, 2009

Ural Emerald Mines: Notes on Mineralogy.
Vladimir Ivanovich Zhernakov
FAMOUS MINERAL LOCALITIES SERIES

Mineralogical Almanac, volume 14, issue 2, 2009.
Moscow: Altum Ltd. 128 pages, soft cover, 164 illustrations, including 104 color mineral photos.
The current issue dwells on Mineralogy of Ural Emerald Mines: a deposit which Russain geologists and mineralogists commonly refer as “Izumrudnye Kopi”. Besides description of minerals the issue contains information on history of research, notes on geology, list of minerals. For Curators of Museums, mineralogists, and collectors.



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Mineralogical Almanac vol. 14 issue 1, 2009

MINERAL OBSERVER: Mineral News From Russia and Beyond, volume 14, issue 1, 2009. Moscow: Altum Ltd. 88 pages, soft cover, 194 color photos, among them 132 mineral photos .
This issue of Mineral Observer presents articles written both by authors well-known to our readers (Boris Z. Kantor “Skeletal Growth or Autoepitaxy?”; Zoya A. Bessudnova, “Mikhail Alexandrovich Tolstopyatov as Experimental Mineralogist and a “Poet of Science”; Nikita V. Chukanov “Coprolites in Mineralogical Collections”) as well as materials written by new authors: outstanding Russian mineralogist Alexander P. Khomyakov (“On the Number of Mineral Species in Nature”), Elena N. Matvienko, curator of Fersman Mineralogical Museum (“Pseudomorphs and other Oddities from Fersman Mineralogical Museum RAS) and well-known collector Victor V. Ponomarenko (“Calcite from Dalnegorsk: Review of 2003–2008 Findings”) are among them.
As usual one can find reports on recent Mineral Shows (Denver, Munich, Saint-Petersburg) written by our correspondents. A special report is devoted to an outstanding event – an opening of a new mineral exposition in Freiberg, Germany. There is also the review of new publications and Internet-sites that can be interesting both for mineralogists and mineral collectors.

 



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Mineralogical Almanac vol. 13c, 2008

MINERAL OBSERVER: Mineral News From Russia and Beyond. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 13c, 2008. Moscow: Altum Ltd. 80 pages, soft cover, 131 color photos, 23 maps and schemes.

This issue contains articles on the history of mineralogy, information on new mineral finds and stories on historical-mineralogical events. The highlight of this issue is an article by Vasilii N. Orlov devoted to the history of the oldest Russian Gold nuggets from the Diamond Fund. A special present from editorial to more interested in pseudomorphes – an article on the history of Organic Life on the Earth written by a professional paleontologist, Dr. Serge V. Naugolnykh.

 



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Mineralogical Almanac vol. 13b, 2008

Mineral Observer: Mineral News from Russia and Beyond.
Mineralogical Almanac, Volume 13b, 2008. 80 pages, 205 coloured photographs.

This volume contains several articles dwelling on various aspect of Mineral world. The Famous Mineralogical Localities Section covered by an article basical article by Victor Ye. Zagorsky and Igor S. Peretyazhko on Malkhan tourmaline deposit. In Theoretical Section Boris Z. Kantor discusses an Agates Genesis. In News Section Peter Lyckberg retells about his Tucson 2008 impressions. A reader will find book reviews and personalities in this volume also.



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Mineralogical Almanac vol. 13, 2008

MINERAL OBSERVER: Mineral News From Russia and Beyond.
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 13, 2008.
Littleton, CO, USA: Ocean Pictures Ltd and Moscow, Russia: Altum Ltd. 128 pages, 193 pictures, 21 maps and schemes.

The issue presents 12 articles on different aspects of mineralogy and mineral collecting. The highlight of the issue is an article on famous Lipovka granite pegmatites (Urals) by I.V. Pekov and L.R. Memetova. Several articles dwell on mineral growth principal laws. In mineral travelling section German gemologist Elisabeth Strack tells the story of her travel to Yakutian diamond mines. Some unknown facts on history of European mineralogy are revealed in an article by B.Z. Kantor. Our correspondents share their impressions on Munich-2007 (Peter Lyckberg) and Russian Mineral and Jewelry Shows 2007, Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (Dmitriy Belakovskiy).



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VOLODARSK-VOLYNSKI
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 12, 2007

FAMOUS MINERAL LOCALITIES SERIES   SOLD OUT!!!

Pavlishin Vladimir Ivanovich, Dovgyi Stanislav Alekseevich

Mineralogy of the Volynian Chamber Pegmatites, Ukraine. EKOST Association, Mineralogical Almanac, volume 12, 2007.
128 pages, 45 historical photographs, 31 sketches, 21 crystal drawings, 105 coloured photographs of minerals and pegmatites.
This volume presents brief data on the history of research, geology, morphology, internal structure, as well as more detailed data on the mineralogy of the Volynian chamber pegmatites, known worldwide as a source of unique piezoelectric quartz crystals, beryl and topaz. Over 150 years, more than 90 minerals were discovered, with recognition of their compositional, morphological and genetic features, as well as the complex genesis history of chamber pegmatites.



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NEW MINERALS FROM FORMER SOVIET UNION COUNTRIES
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 11, 2007

Series NEW MINERALS DISCOVERED ON THE TERRITORY OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION      SOLD OUT!!!

Igor V. Pekov 

NEW MINERALS FROM FORMER SOVIET UNION COUNTRIES, 1998–2006, part 2. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 11, 2007. 112 pages, 51 crystal drawings, 21 SEM photos of minerals, 66 color photos of minerals, 14 color landscape photos, 214 references, soft cover.
The issue is a reference book on minerals first discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union in the period of 1998 – first half of 2006. 163 minerals have been included: 159 new species and 4 minerals restored in the status of individual species. Detailed geography of the type localities, history of discovery, a brief description, origin of the name, information on museums where type specimens are deposited and literature references have been presented for each mineral. A lot of first-published information is given. The statistic data on these minerals, English-Russian geographic and personal indexes and a list of all minerals first discovered on the territory of the former Soviet Union are included.

 



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MINERAL OBSERVER
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 10, 2006

MINERAL OBSERVER: Mineral News From Russia and Beyond.
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 10, 2006. Ocean Pictures Ltd and Association Ecost. 132 pages, 181 pictures, 14 maps and schemes, soft cover.
The volume contains 12 articles both for professional mineralogists and advanced collectors on different aspects of collectors interests. Mineralogy of Slyudyanka deposit in Transbaikalie is the central material of the volume. Among others are China Mineral travel, the origin of dendrites, life of outstanding Russian mineralogist Nikolay Koksharov, visit to Fedorov’s Museum and much more...



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ILMENY MOUNTAINS
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 9, 2006

Ilmeny Mountains: the Mineralogy of Pegmatites.   SOLD OUT!!!

Vladimir A. Popov and Valentina Ivanovna Popova

FAMOUS MINERAL LOCALITIES SERIES 

Mineralogical Almanac, volume 9, 2006. 156 pages, historical photos: 27, schemes and sections: 34, mineral drawings: 69, color photos of minerals: 120, soft cover.
The issue is devoted to the extraordinary Mineralogical Object: Ilmeny Mountains in South Ural, Russia. Mineralogists call it “Mineralogical Paradise” due to diversity of minerals found there. During almost two centuries of investigation 227 minerals have been found there, and for 18 minerals Ilmeny Mountains are the type locality.
The issue contains historical review, geological and mineralogical description of Ilmeny pegmatites based both on previous investigations as well as recent discoveries made by the authors.



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KERCH IRON-ORE BASIN
Mineralogical Almanac, vol. 8, 2005

Kerch Iron-Ore Basin

Nikita V. Chukanov

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Kerch Iron-Ore Basin. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 8, 2005. 112 pp., 147 color plates, 49 black drawings and photos, soft cover.
The issue contains the most comprehensive description of the Kerch iron- ore basin, including historical and geological sketches. Besides ore deposits some other geological phenomena of the region are described. Mineralogical description of 160 mineral species is the main part of the volume, the most interesting minerals being characterized in details.
The author has been studying the Kerch mineralogy for more then 20 years and at present is one of the most knowledgeable experts of the region.



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KUKISVUMCHORR
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 07, 2004

Igor V. Pekov and Alexander S. Podlesnyi

Kukisvumchorr Deposit: Mineralogy of Alkaline Pegmatites and Hydrothermalites. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 7, Association Ecost - Moscow and Ocean Pictures Ltd. - Denver, 2004. 168 pp., 111 color plates, soft cover.

The data on the mineralogy and the history of the exploration of Kukisvumchorr apatite deposit in Khibiny Mountains have been summarized in this issue. Kukisvumchorr deposit is actively operated since 1929 by Kirovskii Mine, the first mine at Kola Peninsula. A complex of alkaline pegmatites and hydrothermalites of the Kukisvumchorr stands out even against a background of mineralogically unique Khibiny massif. It is real reserve of rare minerals; many of them occur here as nice large crystals. All 212 present-day known mineral species and more than 20 pegmatites have been described, 111 color plates, 110 b/w photos, 125 crystal drawings, geological schemes and pegmatite sections are given.

The issue contains 312 chemical analyses of 165 minerals and 163 references.



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CRYSTAL GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 6, 2003

Crystal growth & development: interpreted from a Mineral's Present Form. Talks on Minerals.
Boris Z. Kantor

Mineralogical Almanac, vol 6, 2001. Ocean Pictures Ltd., 2003. Pp. 128, color plates – 142, b & w drawings – 72.

This issue devoted to basic ideas of mineral ontogeny, which is a branch of Mineralogy dealing with mineral forms, their origination and transformation. This book is for those mineral collectors and amateurs who seek a deeper knowledge of minerals and want to learn about mineral structure, origin, and history from a mineral’s crystal form. More than one hundred color photos of minerals together with numerous sketches give the reader a lot of new information about mineral formation. The text, color photographs and drawings are done by a prominent Russian mineral collector and writer Boris Z. Kantor.



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MURZINKA
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 5, 2002

Murzinka: Alabashka Pegmatite Field.
Valentina I. Popova, Vladimir A. Popov, Alexander A. Kanonerov

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Mineralogical Almanac, volume 5. Ocean Pictures Ltd., 2002, pp. 136, color plates: 108, b/w and drawings: 181.

The issue contains most complete and updated description of geological setting of Alabashka pegmatites field in general and each productive pegmatite vein in particular. Mineralogy of the region is described on the basis of all data accessible to the moment, including recent investigations of the authors.



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DALNEGORSK
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 4, 2001

Dalnegorsk: Notes on Mineralogy.

Vadim V. Moroshkin and Nikolay Frishman

RUSSIAN MINERAL LOCALITIES SERIES

Mineralogical Almanac vol. 4, 2001. Moscow, Ocean Pictures Ltd., Mineralogical Almanac, volume 4, 2001. pp. 136, color illustrations: 107, b/w and drawings: 32.

This volume of Mineralogical Almanac is the first issue describing one of the World's Greatest Mineral Locality - Dalnegorsk. The issue provides a collector with information on the most important facts of geological structure, mineralogy and genesis of the Polymetallic and Boron deposits. It contains data on all deposits of the Dalnegorsk ore district. A special attention the authors paid to description of minerals of Dalnegorsk deposits that are of particular interest for collectors.



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Mineral Collectiions of Russia, part 2
Mineralogical Almanac vol. 3, 2000

Mineral Collections of Russia, Part 2. Mineralogical Almanac, volume 3. 2000. SOLD OUT!

Pp. 136, color illustrations - 132, historical photo - 32.

The third volume of Mineralogical Almanac contains a description of twelve state museum collections. With volume we proceed with the series "Mineral Collections of Russia". The volume includes museums from different regions of Russia starting from Saint Petersburg in the West of the country up to Vladivostok on the Far Easter coast of the Pacific. Most of the information is quite new and have never been published before neither in Russian no in English.



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MINERAL COLLECTIONS OF RUSSIA, part 1
Mineralogical Almanac, vol. 2, 2000

Mineral Collections of Russia, Part 1. SOLD OUT!!!
Fourteen Presonal Collections (18th - 20th Centuries).
Mineralogical Almanac, volume 2. 2000, Ocean Picture Ltd, Moscow, Russia. 128 pages; color illustrations - 129, historical photo - 11, softbound.

The second volume of the Mineralogical Almanac contains a description of fourteen personal mineral collections, gathered during the 18th and the 19th centuries by prominent politicians, scientists, missionaries and businessmen - are now a part of the State Museum collections. Another group includes six collections which were collected by our contemporaries - amateurs and professional mineralogists. Each reflects the interests of its owner - scientific, aesthetic, geographic, etc. The Almanac displays the range others interests together with the beauty of the Mineral Kingdom. It is the first in the series of issues devoted to the Mineral Collections of Russia.



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GOLD
Mineralogical Almanac, vol. 1, 1999

Gold: nuggets of Russia. SOLD OUT!!!
Ludmila S.Sher

Mineralogical Almanac, volume 1. 1999. Ocean Picture Ltd, Moscow, Russia.
128 pages. color illustrations - 212. Photo: Mikhail A. Bogomolov. Softbound.

This book contains a condensed popular description of the history of discoveries and mining of cold (in general) and nugget (particular) in Russia. Features of native gold and, especially, nuggets are characterized. Formation conditions and environm of nuggets are described. A crystallomorphic classification of native gold is introduced. A detailed description is given for a variety of nuggets. Numerous original photographs publushed here demonstrate sophisticated beauty and uniqueness of nuggets from major of Russian gold provinces: the Urals, Sakha - Yakutia, Kolyma, Transbaikalia, Altai and Chukchi Peninsula. This book is of interest to a wide range of readers.



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Minerals First Discovered on the Territory of the Former Soviet Union


by Igor V. Pekov
This book is the first and the most comprehensive book about 582 new minerals discovered in Former Soviet Union (within its former boudariens) since 1766. The book contains informations about the type localities and the type speciments of the minerals that are kept in Russian museums; data on the persons for whom the minerals were named; portraits of discoverers of new minerals; 184 color plates, 68 SEM - photographs of minerals; 24 maps; complete locality index; and 761 references. This book contains very reliable facts and precise data and therefore will it provide trustworthy and long - term service to mineralogists of many countries.

The author of this book, Igor V. Pekov (Lomonosov Moscow State University), is a young but well-known mineralogist. He is famous, in particular, for his work at the alkaline massifs of the Kola Peninsula and Greenland and as a discoverer and investigator of new minerals.



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