News on February, 2003
News from the deposits
Belorechenskoe Deposit. In February 2003, M. Moiseev found
individual barite crystals up to 5-7 cm long, for the first time in this
Dalnegorsk. Victor Ponomarenko visited this place in February
2003. He reported pyrrhotite, arsenopyrite and other sulfides with fine
ilvaite crusts as a new type of specimens found in this deposit. Quartz
druses (up to 10-20 cm), including Japanese twins, attracted special
Crimea (reduced version) (information by Alexander Tishchenko,
Hexahydrite – new location and new genetic type of the mineral in
Crimea. Identified by Yu.A. Polkanov in 2001collection. It forms white
blooms in bank scarps near the township of Privetnoe.
Gerhardtite – first finding in Crimea and the Ukraine. Diagnosed by
Tishchenko in 1995 collection from the debris of marmorized limestone in
the lower parts of the left flank in the Kizil-Kobin canyon. It forms
fine green-blue crusts on block surfaces and microcrystals (up to 0.1
mm) in the cavities of brecciated marmorized limestone, bearing fine
disseminated pyrite and chalcopyrite.
Goslarite – the first find in Crimea, discovered by Yu.A. Polkanov in
supergene sulfate crusts in Fiolent.
Pectolite (?) – found by Tishchenko in 2000 in the Lozovoe Pit, forms
parallel-fibrous veinlets in blocks of brecciated limestone. Needs more
Pickeringite – second verified find in Crimea, is discovered in the
Petropavlovsk Pit near Simferopol together with tamarugite (also second
find in Crimea). Diagnosed by Tishchenko in season crusts of ferrous
sulfate that develop in oxidation zone of welded tuff.
On February 19, 2003, a new photo exposition was opened in the
Fersman Mineralogical Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences (in
center of the hall). Boris Kantor, collector and author of books about
mineral, popular among admirers of stone, demonstrated 29 color mineral
photographs. As it turned out, Kantor likes to shoot not only stones.
This first exhibition of the sort in the oldest museum will last till
On March 10, the “Zodchiy Culture Center” (23 Partizanskaya
Street, Moscow, near “Molodyozhnaya” tube station) opened a photo
exposition of Vladimir Mal’tsev – geologist, famous explorer of caves
and photographer, known not only by speleologists, but also by
mineralogists, due to remarkable photographs of crystal shapes of
gypsum, calcite, and ice. The exposition will last till the end of