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News on June 15 -July 15, 2003

Meetings, conference, exhibitions

Annual Uralian summer school of mineralogy

Was held in July 14–20, 2003, in Ekaterinburg, and granite pegmatite will be its symbol. An All-Russian scientific conference of students, post-graduates, lecturers, and researchers has been held annually since 1995. The first conference in 1995 dealt with mineralogy of the Urals. The conference in 1996 was devoted to gold, in 1997 to chromium (due to 200th anniversary of this chemical element’s discovery, when crocoite from Berezovskoe deposit was employed). In 1998 silica was the emblem, followed in 1999 by platinum, and, further, Uralian gems in 2000. In 2001 the summer school was focused at anthropogenic geochemistry, mineralogy, and minerageny, whereas copper was its symbol in 2002 (After www.usmga.ru publications)

Important events

On June 30, 2003,a conference of students, lecturers, and staff members of the Uralian State mining and geological academy, Ekaterinburg, decided to restore a historical name of this academy, the Emperor Nicolas II Uralian Mining Institute (After www.usmga.ru publications)

News from deposits

Economic diamond mining in Arkhangel’sk oblast is due to start in 2003 (As reported by Mineral information and analysis center www.mineral.ru)

Memorable dates

On June 17, 1825, Pyotr Arkad’yevich Kochubei was born (died 1892), an adjunct of chemistry and practical mechanics in the Artillery Academy and a chairman of the Imperial Russian Technical Society (1882). Mineralogy was his hobby, and his collection was among the best in the Russian history. A.E. Fersman described its dramatic history in his Essays on the History of Stone. Its preserved part is stored in the A.E. Fersman Mineralogical Museum. In particular, it comprises the world famous group of 22 alexandrite crystals and an emerald from Izumrudnye Kopi (Emerals Pits), Urals, and a sample with large perovskite crystals from Akhmatovskaya mine, South Urals

On June 30, 1927, Mal’va Alexandrovna Smirnova, one of the oldest staff members of the Fersman museum, was born. She was a chief custodian of the collections during 1970–1990

On July 12, 1914, J. Barlow, a well-known collector of minerals was born

On July 12, 1915, Yul Brynner was born, a well-known American actor (The Magnificent Seven, Brothers Karamazov, Ten Commandments, etc.). His father Boris Yu. Brinner, a graduate of St. Petersburg Mining Institute, published in this year his paper, Auriferous lead mines of Tetyukhe [now Dal’negorsk, Russia]. Brinner the granddad was in mining business and started the work here in Dal’negorsk in the 1890’s.

On July 15, 1908, Fyodor Vassil’yevich Chukhrov, a academician of Russia Academy of Science, was born (died 1988). He was a director of IGEM RAS and an editor-in-chief of the fundamental MINERALS series established un 1960. Mineral chukhrovite was named in his honor.

New Publications

1)      A new volume of the MINERALS series, feldspathoids, is issued

2)      Gold of the World. Avanta+, Moscow, 2003. 184 pp., full color (The most beautiful and famed series). Anan’yeva Ye.  (Lead. Ed.) (in Rusian)
Authors of this book are art historians and archeologists, ethnographers and geologists. The book contains more than 250 color plates. A section Gold in Nature opens the book. It characterizes gold as a mineral: its finds, their histories, unusual shapes, record dimensions and grades, museum and collection samples. Diggers and gold rushes make a special theme: California and Australia, South Africa and Alaska. History of gold mining in Russia is disclosed: the Urals, East Siberia, Kolyma… Many chapters of this section were written by Mikhail B. Leybov; he is also an author of numerous photos in this book. Two other sections, Gold versus Man and Collection of Gold present archeological findings of treasures and the art of jewelry

3)      Lyakhovich, V.V., The Art of Stone. Moscow, GEOS, 2001, 176 pp. , in Rusian
The book tells about the history of the stone usage and processing. Major gemstones are described, from pearl to charoite. History of lapidary and jewelry in Russia is presented. A very special place in this book is the chapter Stones on badges where minerals and rocks used in layout of badges (not necessary related to geology) are listed in alphabetic order, many of these are stored in a rich collection of the author. Along with traditional quartz varieties and gems the reader encounters chrysotile asbestos (a badge of the All-Union Asbestos Project Institute), meteoritic iron (a badge of the USSR Academy of Science Committee on Meteorites issued to memorize collection of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite in the 1970’s), phosphorite (the badge employs a bottom concretion from the Pacific obtained during the RS Dmitry Mendeleev voyage), etc. Images of more than 100 badges and memorial plates are placed in the book (the image quality could be better)

4)      Rodionov, A.M., The Kolyvan lacework in stone: A narrative on diggers, mining engineers, lapidaries and their apprentices. Barnaul, Altai Publishers, 1986. 296 pp., ill (in Russian)

5)      Semyonov, V.B., Timofeev, N.I., A book of stonework art. Ekaterinburg, IGEMMO Lithica, 2001. 144 pp., ill. (in Rusian)
This book adds to the Uralian historical gemological library. The book is devoted to the 275th anniversary of the industrial stonework in Ekaterinburg. The book describes the history of the Ekaterinburg lapidary factory, which is one of three top factories in Russia, and Russkie Samotsvety [Russian Gemstones] factory, its successor.

6)      Jurgenson, G.A., Gems and color stones of Transbaikalia. Nauka, Novosibirsk, 2001,  (in Russian)
This is the first review on the gemstone deposits of Buryat Republic and Chita oblast, history of their discoveries and development, and predicted resources.
Georgy Alexandrovich Jurgenson is a geologist and an outstanding researcher of mineral deposits, including gemstones. He is a chairman of the Chita Institute of the natural resources and a professor of Transbaikalian State Pedagogical University. During 1977–1980 he worked in Afghanistan studying the deposits of rare metal pegmatite, emerald, and lazurite. Te is an author of popular books, The Sun Stone of Transbaikalia, The Stone Rainbow, (Jurgenson, G.A., 1991, Rainbow in Chariot Irkutsk, Vost. Sib. Knizh. Izd, 240 pp. (in Russian)) etc. (after
http://zgpu.chita.ru publications)



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