Mineralogical Almanac volume 23, issue 2, 2018 - Mineral Observer
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This issue of the Mineralogical Almanac opens up with a series of historical materials. The first of them is an article by Natalia V. Borovkova (St. Petersburg Mining Museum) devoted to one of Russia's oldest collections: the Catherine the Great Mineral Cabinet. Two other articles, one by Elena N. Matvienko and Lev A. Shcherbakov and the other by Inna S. Lykova, are dedicated to Ivan B. Auerbach's wonderful mineralogical collection, which is housed at the Russian State Agrarian University (Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy). The rubric "Distinguished Mineralogists" comprises two articles: the article by our frequent author Vladimir I. Pavlishin is devoted to René Just Haüy, the founder of structural crystallography, and the article by Vladimir I. Ermolenko is dedicated to Vladimir N. Avdonin, the author's teacher and one of the most brilliant scientists of the Uralian mineralogical school. The historical part of the issue ends with Natalia V. Borovkova's article on an exhibition at the St. Petersburg Mining Museum that is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Russian Mineralogical Society. In his column “Guide to the Ontogeny of Minerals”, Boris Z. Kantor leads the reader to the growth mysteries of active faden. The section on mineral localities represents Mikhail M. Bitman's article on the mineralogy of limestone and dolomite deposits in the southern Donetsk Basin. As usual, a certain space is allotted for reports on mineral shows: in Tucson (February, 2018) and Moscow (Gemma, April, 2018). Meteorite amateurs will be interested in Sergei V. Kolisnichenko's article on meteorites recently found in Russia. As usual, the issue represents Stuart Wilensky's photogallery, showing this time the Mineral Treasures from Europe.
96 pages, 305 illustrations including 212 mineral photos.