News on July 16 -
August 15, 2003
On July 16, 1923,
A.N. Labuntsov and his colleagues discovered a block field of high-grade
apatite ore over the area exceeding 10k km2 in Rasvumchorr
plateau, Khibiny (Kola Peninsula). Their discovery became the first
milestone in development of a huge mineral deposit; the area beat all
records in the number of new mineral species discovered here.
On July 21, 1935,
Vladimir A. Pelepenko, an outstanding collector, was born. In December
2000 he opened his private Ural Mineralogical Museum in Ekaterinburg.
Samples collected in the 1970's – 1990's from famous deposits of
Kazakhstan (Aqshetau/Akchatau, Kara-Oba, Zhezkazgan/Dzhezkazgan), Middle
Asia (Kadamzhai, Khaidarkan), the Urals (Emerald Mine), Siberia (Noril’sk
area), and Russian Far East (Dal’negorsk) make this collection an object
to see and admire.
On July 22, 1988,
in Dal’negorsk (Russian Far East), the Museum-and-Exhibition center was
opened to the public. Its exposition displays remarkable mineral samples
from this region, including a unique “champignon” of calcite.
On July 27
A. Romanov was born, an amateur mineralogist, an apprentice of V.I.
Stepanov, and a connoisseur of collection stones. He was with the A.E.
Fersman Mineralogical museum in 1980’s – 1990’s.
On July 27, 1893,
Vladimir Ivanovich Vlodavets, a foundator of Russian volcanology, was
born (d. 1993). A new mineral vlodavetsite was named in his honor.
On July 29, 1993,
the first issue of the World of Stones (Mir kamnya) was published
(had been issued during 1993–1997), the first illustrated Russian
magazine for mineralogists and collectors. The back issues of this
magazine available here…
On July 31, 1988,
Prof. Richard Scott Mitchell has died, a mineralogist who worked in the
Virginia University. His original and interesting book, Mineral Names.
What do they mean?, was translated into Russian.
On July 31, 1931,
an amateur mineralogist, photographer, and mineral collector, was born.
He is an author of a review of new minerals discovered in Canada and
named in the honor of Canadians.
On August 6, 1988,
Victor Ivanovich Stepanov died (born 1924), a prominent mineralogist and
collector. A new mineral vistepite was named in his honor.
On August 10, 1930,
Prof. Dmitry Vassil’yevich Rundqvist, the academician of Russian Academy
of Science, a specialist in metallogeny, mineralogy, and ore deposit
geology, was born. He was a Head of the V.I. Vernadsky Geological
museum, Moscow (1993–2003).
In August 1988,
Alexander Agafonov, the sample processing workshop staff member of the
Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute, has declared his intention to
establish a private enterprise (The Stone Flower) dealing with the
mineral collection materials; probably, this has been the first private
enterprise of the kind over the FSU.