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Mineralogical Almanac  

News on August 15 - August 31, 2003

Meetings, conference, exhibitions

August 15, 2003

In January-March 2003, Vladimir Krikov showed dozens of excellent quartz samples, with large inclusions of helvine, cosalite, rutile, fluorite, rhodochrosite and other minerals, from his personal collection that he assembled during more than 20 years in the deposits of Kazakhstan, the Urals and other areas. The samples were presented with simultaneous magnified video projection through the TV screen.

Memorable days

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 scattered…”

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.


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