- May 15, 2004
Main Event of this year
August, 2004. The Fifty Anniversary of the Discovery of first primary deposits of diamond in Siberia made by the young
geologist Larisa Popugaeva.
Events from the Fersman Mineralogical Museum
April 26, 2004, the collaborators of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum
have first carried out the unusual action, “Stone festival”, in the school ¹
1306 (Moscow). It was the one-day exhibition of the minerals with stories about
minerals, their properties, use, and so on. Small video-films have acquainted
the children with minerals in the museums of Moscow and Ekaterinburg, famous
Murzinka, the Tucson Show, volcanoes etc. During a day (from 10 to 17 o’clock)
tens of the schoolboys and schoolgirls of junior classes (beginning from 6
years old!) have visited the library where the exhibition was held. Some
children have brought samples from their collections to show and to determine
the minerals. Villiaumite from Khibiny which girl Ksyusha has brought from
Kirovsk could beautify an exhibition of any museum.
April 2004. Arkadii G. Zhabin, mineralogist noted
for his works on mineral ontogeny has acted in new quality. In Moscow his
“Swarthy ditcher” was published, the novel “investigating a nature of human
genius, one of its faces expressing through magnificence of belles-lettres. The
author reflects on existence of two personalities, two souls on the base of one
body, regards a phenomenon of right and left, the striking mystery of our
world. As professor James Larkin wrought in epilogue, “Main erudition of the
author and literary stylistics impress. We have rare case realized when a
scientist-naturalist so organically uses the literary method for analysis of
most difficult problems of psychology and psychiatry” and then “the prose of
“Swarthy ditcher” causes the sensation as if you see a film or a theatrical performance”,
he expresses the certainty that the cinematographic or theatrical versions of
the novel will be created. We shall remind, Arkadii Zhabin has carried out 43
expeditionary seasons in Siberia, at the Urals, Kola Peninsula, the Caucasus
etc., he has published 264 scientific articles and 8 monographies (“Ontogeny of
the minerals” etc.). It is interesting that in 1980’s he has become as though
godfather of Boris Z. Kantor in the world of letters, promoted the appearance
of the book “Collecting of the minerals”, which is known to many today.
Russian Collectors in the
Igorevich Klopotov, mineralogist-amateur. He lives in Angarsk, Irkutsk Region.
Since 1969 he regularly visits Slyudyanskie deposits. The mineral
collection numbers approximately 4000 samples of more than 400 mineral
species. The main regions of author’s interests are Slyudyanka,
Borshchevochnyi ridge, Mt. Sherlovaya, a number of Urals deposits. He
has two projects: 1) project
“Minerals of Russia” 2) hand-book for collector of minerals
Grigor’evich Smirnov, physicist, works in Snezhinsk, collects agates etc.,
shoots videofilms about them.
Isaak Moiseevich Izrailev
(born 1927), physicist, works in Snezhinsk, collector of minerals (more
than 300 species on 1998) and landscape stone.