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Zeolites of alkaline massifs by Igor V. Pekov, Anna G. Turchkova, Ekaterina V. Lovskaya, Nikita V. Chukanov. Association Ekost, 2004, Moscow. – 168 p.
The authors noted that just alkaline massifs, as it will not seem unexpected, are distinguished by most variety of zeolites
among all geological formations: “59(!) of 91 minerals of considered group (including 15 endemic species which are found while nowhere except alkaline complexes) were found here”. In the summary there are the data on this 59 zeolites, their occurrences, chemical composition (420 chemical analyses), the IR-spectroscopy, crystal morphology, mineral assemblages, genesis and typomorphism. The interesting peculiarity of a number of zeolites, enrichment by rare metals (Sr, Ba, Cs, Rb, Be), was noted. The possible role of sieve and catalytic properties of zeolites in the hydrothermal processes taking place in the alkaline massifs is discussed. The book contains numerous REM-photo and extensive list of references (315 titles).

The results of study of rich collection of specimens from 11 alkaline massifs of Russia and foreign countries were underlain in the base of this work. In the supplement there are the brief description of the specimens, the references on that are given in the text and tables. Many of the specimens were collected by the authors during field works in Lovozero and Khibiny in the last 15 years. In these massifs zeolites (in particular, natrolite) not only form vast accumulation but also are diverse (Kirovskii mine and Mts. Alluaiv, Karnasurt are stood out). I.V. Pekov has also visited alkaline massifs of Greenland, Morocco, Canada. Many specimens were given to the authors for study by famous collectors (Laszlo Horvath, Alexander Podlesnyi, Viktor Grishin, Viktor Levitskii, Aleksei Timofeev et al.), colleagues (Alexander Nikiforov, Dmitrii Lisitsyn, Mikhail Moiseev <i>et al.)</i>, Geological Museum of Kola Scientific Center. The prevalence of zeolites in alkaline massifs andtheir localities are considered in large chapter containing references on findings of rare species interesting to mineralogists and collectors, for example, lovdarite and paranatrolite from Point of Rocks (New Mexico), gonnardite in Aris complex (Namibia), or assemblages, celestine-thomsonite veinlets in Fad’yu-Kuda massif (Central Taimyr). In the whole book there are the data about zeolites from more than 40 alkaline complexes of the world.

  • 2002.

    Semyonov, E.I. (2002) Mineralogical handbook, Moscow, GEOS Publishers, 214 pp. (A.E. Fersman Mineralogical museum, IMGRE, Geokart).

    Evgeny I. Semyonov, one of the most prominent Russian mineralogists, published a new handbook that comprises the maximum number of mineral species among the Russian publications of the type (3780). The minerals are listed in alphabetic order ; chemical formulas, diagnostic properties (optics, density, and hardness), as well as genetic information, are given for every mineral. The mineral species known to occur in Russia (a total of 1643), including 495 new minerals discovered in the country, are specially marked. Major minerals (389 of them) are described to a greater detail, including diagnostic features, paragenetic assemblages, economic significance, and typical deposits. Tables of minerals by constituting chemical elements are given, along with the schemes of isomorphism.

  • 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.



  •       Lyakhovich, V.V., The Art of Stone. Moscow, GEOS, 2001, 176 pp. , in Russian
    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)

  •       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).



  •       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.



  •       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).



  •   Danilov, A.A.  Gemstones of Amurskaya oblast [Samotsvety Amurskoi oblasti]. Post Scriptum, 2000,
    160 pp., ill. (In Russian).

    The area of the Amurskaya oblast exceeds that of Arizona or Great Britain. However, like in case of many regions of Russia and the world, it is studied unevenly and insufficiently. Various mineral deposits are known to occur here, gemstones included. Gold exploration revealed magnificent agates in alluvium of the Nora and Burunda rivers long ago, and in the 1980’s Burundinskoe color chalcedony deposit, the largest in Rusia, was explored.
    In 1981 Tokskoe chrysolite placer was discovered. This deposit , as well as Kugdinskoe, are two economic deposits known in Russia. Chrysolite is considered as a major gemstone of the area. Photos of agates and other gems illustrate the book.




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