September 1 - September 15, 2003
Dmitry Lisitsyn brought
remarkable radial aggregates of pectolite crystals from the Koashva Pit,
Igor V. Pekov just in a month
(August 12–September 12) managed to visit Kovdor, Monchegorsk - for the
first time (magnesiochromite!), as well as the Lovozero and Khibiny
massifs, and Afrikanda (perovskite as unusually large crystals, max. 4
Here is a noteworthy fact: in
the middle of July Sergey Mironov, the Chairman of the RF Federation
Council and a geophysicist in the past, was driven to the famous
Eveslogchorr astrofillite deposit by a helicopter. His “prey” has been
magnificent: an astrophyllite “sun” against the white feldspar
A propos, three connoisseurs
of the Khibiny massif independently chose astrophyllite as a symbol
mineral of Khibiny. Igor V. Pekov, a mineralogist, Sergey G. Gluboky,
senior geologist of the Vostochny mine, and Alexander S. Podlesny, a
blaster at the Kirovskii mine and a collector. In the same manner they
also chose lorenzenite as the mineral that symbolizes the Lovozero
The Mineralogical museum of
the Apatity geological institute replenished its collection with one of
the best litvinskite samples, along with a large eveslogite sample. This
mineral was discovered this year at the Mt. Everslogchorr; Yury P.
Menshikov, the discoverer, donated it.
During September 2–8,
the Jeweler 2002 international exhibition occurred in Sokolniki
exhibition center, Moscow (the 45th Moscow international fair
of precious metals, gems, jewelery, watch, and bijoux.) Rosyuvelirtorg
company organized this exhibition. Seventy-five thousand person visited
During September 3–5,
2003, the 21st Seminar on the Magmatic Rock Geochemistry
occurred in the Geological institute of the Kola Scientific Center
(RAS), Apatity. Alexander P. Khomyakov and Igor V. Pekov presented the
reports, which strongly interested the audience (Conceptual mineralogy
of the Khibiny-Lovozero Complex, its past, present, and future, and
Genetic crystal chemistry of Be in the alkali series differentiates,
On September 4, 2003, a
lasting gap in the Proceedings of A.E. Fersman Mineralogical museum
(RAS) was bridged: the resumed periodical obtained a new format, along
with color plates and figures.
On September 7, 1926,
A.N. Labuntsov and his colleagues mounted the claim posts at the
Rasvumchorr Plateau and Apatitovy Tsirk deposits he discovered.
On September 11, Marie
Huizig, the Rock & Minerals managing editor for many years, was born.
On September 12, Jan
Bernhard was born, a prominent Czech mineralogist and an author of
compendiums on the Czech and Slovakian mineralogy and an encyclopedia of
On September 12, Vitaly
Nikolaevich Gerassienko was born, a staff member of the V.V. Yershov
On September 13, 1923,
Prof. Claude Guillemin (d. 1994) was born, a mineralogist and curator of
the mineralogical collection of L’Ecole des Mines museum in Paris; he
was the great connoisseur of the world mineralogical collections.
Mineral guilleminite was named in his honor.
On September 13, 1908,
Vincent Morgan (“Mr. Boron”) was born (d. 1955), who collected minerals
from the famous Boron deposit, California.
At the bookshelf
Late this summer, the
Yekaterinburg booksellers got from the OAE Publishers a large-format
gift album on the minerals from the Uralian geological museum, with
parallel Russian and English texts and figure captions:
The Treasures of the “Stone
Dement’yev, I.V., Polenov, Yu.A., Avdonin, V.N., Tyul’kin, V.G., and
Burlakov, E.V. (2003), Yekaterinburg, 144 pp.
Three centuries of the Russian
Mining and Geological survey: Geology and Minerals of Altai, with
History of Mining,
AGV Publishers, 2000, 544 pp.
In particular, this book comprises A.A. Galkina’s paper, The Role of
Mineralogical Collections in Geological Studies of Altai in the 18th