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Mineralogical Almanac  

News from Deposits archive

November  15 -December 15

In the middle of October, at the Sokolovsky Mine in Kazakhstan, a large transparent crystal of gypsum, 50 õ 90 õ 15 cm, weight 60 kg was found. Today it is in the Urals Mineralogical Museum of V.A. Pelepenko's
according Vladimir I. Ermolenko personal communication

October 15 - November 15

Vladimir I. Ermolenko (Ekaterinburg) informed details on the find of native copper in the Sarbai open pit in 2001. The largest nugget was 650 kg; Ermolenko has specimens of copper dendrites, including one of 150 kg (60 õ 20 cm) with crystals of 1.5-2 cm

Summer of 2003:

Field season 2003 at the Kola Peninsula

Dmitry Lisitsyn brought remarkable radial aggregates of pectolite crystals from the Koashva Pit, Khibiny,.

Igor V. Pekov just in a month (August 12–September 12) managed to visit Kovdor, Monchegorsk -  for the first time (magnesiochromite!), as well as the Lovozero and Khibiny massifs, and Afrikanda (perovskite as unusually large crystals, max. 4 cm.)

Here is a noteworthy fact: in the middle of July Sergey Mironov, the Chairman of the RF Federation Council and a geophysicist in the past, was driven to the famous Eveslogchorr astrofillite deposit by a helicopter. His “prey” has been magnificent: an astrophyllite “sun” against the white feldspar background.

A propos, three connoisseurs of the Khibiny massif independently chose astrophyllite as a symbol mineral of Khibiny. Igor V. Pekov, a mineralogist, Sergey G. Gluboky, senior geologist of the Vostochny mine, and Alexander S. Podlesny, a blaster at the Kirovskii mine and a collector. In the same manner they also chose lorenzenite as the mineral that symbolizes the Lovozero Massif.

The Mineralogical museum of the Apatity geological institute replenished its collection with one of the best litvinskite samples, along with a large eveslogite sample. This mineral was discovered this year at the Mt. Everslogchorr; Yury P. Menshikov, the discoverer, donated it.

April 15 - May 15

Economic diamond mining in Arkhangel’sk oblast is due to start in 2003 (As reported by Mineral information and analysis center www.mineral.ru)

May 15 - June 15

Viktor Ponomarenko visited Dal’negorsk deposit where colorless transparent fluorite crystals (up to 16 cm) were reported to occur (Nikolayevsky mine).

Vladimir I. Yermolenko reports on finding of large (up to 50 cm) calcite druses at Sokolovskoe deposit in Kazakhstan). Transparent colorless and yellow prismatic calcite crystals (max. 30 cm) occur in association with zeolites.


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