On August 17, 1927,
Alexander N. Labuntsov and his colleagues mounted the claim posts at the
Kukisvumchorr and Yukspor deposits in Khibiny.
On August 20, 1939,
Vadim Victorovich Yershov, a head of the Chair of Geology in the Moscow
Mining Institute (now MSMU) was born (he died in an accident in 1989).
He revived the geological and mineralogical museum in MSMU; later, it
was named in his honor, as well as mineral yershovite.
On August 20, 2002, a
remarkable pegmatite later named Palette was exposed during the course
of the mining activities at the Mt. Alluaiv, Lovozero, the Kola
Peninsula. To date, 44 mineral species are known to occur there, as Igor
V. Pekov reported.
On August 21, 1954,
Larissa A. Popugaeva discovered the Zarnitsa (Summer Lightning)
kimberlite pipe, the then first in the USSR and outside South Africa
(A.D. Kharkiv et al., 1997, p 273).
On August 25, 1935,
Victor I. Stepanov took the first sample to be stored in his collection
that finally became one of the largest in history of Russian mineralogy.
Here is how he described the moment: “…at six in the evening,having
finished reading A.E. Fersman’s Fascinating Mineralogy, I grabbed a
hammer and ran to the town cemetery (a town of Semyonov) where the Volyn
labradorite fragments, the tombstone workshop leftovers, were
On August 27 Russia
celebrated two holidays, the Cinema Day and the Miner Day. Probably, the
only film star who used to work in a mine in his youth was Charles
Bronson who died last August (b. 1921).
On August 28, 1749,
Johan Wolfgang Goethe was born. Since his youth he had become fond of
stones; his collection of minerals had been among the largest of the
period. He assisted much in production of the first geological map of
Germany (1821); in particular, he was the author of the coor palette
used in it and kept intact to present (Liechtenschtadt, 1920). Nowadays
geologists keep on employing it [A.E.]
On August 31, 1953,
Alexey N. Timofeev, an amateur mineralogist, was born. During the
1970’s, as a staff member of the A.E.Fersman Mineralogical museum and
Soyuzkvatsamotsvety company, he visited scores of the FSU mineral
deposits , from Volyn in the west to the Chukchi Peninsula in the east.
For details see Mineralogical almanach, v.2, p.I, p. 100-109.