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Mineralogical Almanac  

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

Ocean Pictures Ltd., 2003. pp. 128, color plates – 142, b & w drawings – 72
price: $45

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.
Supporting organizations:
Russian Geological Society, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Contents:

  • 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 _ Treelike, 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

 

 

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