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| "TSUMEB !" - Edited by Wendell Wilson, 8 1/2
X 11" size, 130 pages, illustrated, soft cover. The "Tsumeb" issue was one
of the earliest special issues, published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., devoted to a
special mineral/mining locality. Although it has been 20 years since this special issue
was first published, its importance as a source of information on this famous mining
district has not diminished in the slightest, and it remains at the top, in terms of
important references on the mineralogy of Tsumeb, printed in the English language.
Articles cover information on the geographical and political background, the history of
mining in the area, and the geology. A descriptive list of the minerals is provided,
including chemical compositions, physical descriptions, as well as crystal drawings of
many of the species, followed by a chapter on the paragenesis, i.e., mineral assemblages,
sequences of formation, and associations. A short chapter entitled "The Best of
Tsumeb" describes some of the most important mineral species generally recovered
during the mining activities. A collection of 122 photographs, supplied by various
collectors who own or have had access to noteworthy specimens found at Tsumeb, illustrate
81 species -- most of the minerals are pictured in color, and a few are in black and
white. Papers on Tsumeb mineralogy include: blue Wulfenite, Keyite, Ludlockite, Leiteite,
Schultenite, and Malachite inclusions in Cerussite. A very important table, listed by
mineral and arranged alphabetically, provides data on all known references for each
mineral, its rarity, and the level within the mine from which each mineral has been
identified, if known. Recognized pseudomorphs are listed, and there is a bibliography of
over 50 relevant works of note. The comprehensive index lists all species and varieties,
and each page on which each mineral is mentioned, or illustrated. This soft cover book was
published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, AZ, as Vol. 8, No. 3 -- the May-June
1977 special issue entitled "Tsumeb !". Shipping weight: 3 pounds
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| "TYPE MINEROLOGY OF NAMIBIA" - By: V.D.C.
Daltry. This extremely informative and useful booklet was published in 1992 as Bulletin 1 by
the Directorate Geological Survey, Ministry of Mines and Energy, of the Namibian
Geological Survey, 142 pages, 8 3/8 X 5 7/8 size, soft cover. One hundred and
thirty nine (139) type minerals and mineral names are presented, comprising sixty one (61)
valid, and seventy eight (78) conventional non-valid type minerals. Twenty three (23)
unnamed phases are also listed. Of the 61 described type minerals, 26 were first
identified from Tsumeb. The numbers of type-germanium and type-arsenate minerals found at
Tsumeb are considered to be the largest of their kind, for any given deposit, worldwide.
The Kombat deposit is the second richest source of type minerals from Namibian localities.
Namibia ranks second to Zaire as the most productive African country for type
minerals.Each of the approved Namibian type minerals is described in full including the
chemical composition, physical characteristics, associations, and pertinent comments.
Other sections in the book pertain to topographical mineralogy, and mineral chemistry
trends for the approved type minerals, followed by an extensive list of references.
Appendices cover: Check list of Namibian type minerals, Lists of new mineral names
appearing in the Mineralogical Magazine, Principal arsenate/arsenite type
localities, and Namibian type locality details. The arsenate/arsenite type localities
given as a comparison to Tsumeb include the following: Langban, Sweden, Franklin-Sterling
Hill, New Jersey, USA, Schneeberg and Wittichen, Germany, Saint Marie-aux-Mines, France,
Jachymov, Czechoslovakia, Bou Azzer, Morocco, and Mapimi, Mexico. In addition to the text,
this soft cover booklet has numerous tables, as well as several maps showing details of
the more important mineral deposits. The pictorial cover, shown above, is the headframe of
the De Wet Shaft, Tsumeb Mine.
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“URAL EMERALD MINES”, by Vladimir I. Zhernakov. This is Volume 14 of the Mineralogical Almanac series, printed in English, 10 1/2” X 8 1/2”, 128 pages, pictorial soft cover, with several maps and numerous crystal drawings, as well as approximately 100 full color photos of minerals found in the Ural Emerald mines of Russia.
This special issue of the Mineralogical Almanac is dedicated to one of the world’s most important deposits of precious Emerald specimens. The Ural mines were known in ancient times. They can be found in the writings of Pliny the Elder on Scythian Emeralds, as well as in the archives of the Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible. The Russians commenced active mining of the Ural deposits in January of 1831, and mining continues at the present time. In many museums and private collections of the world, specimens from this district were historically labeled as originating from the River Takovaya, or from Malyshevo. The modern name of the settlement closest to the collecting area is Malysheva. The history of discovery and mining of Emeralds in the Urals is well documented and reported in numerous Russian publications, however, very few of these historical publications are available to collectors. Historical geological and mineralogical information is also difficult to obtain, particularly so, published in the English language. The author, Vladimir Zhernakov, is an Associate Professor of the Department of Mineralogy of the Urals State Mining University. He is a well-known Russian mineralogist who has been studying the Emerald mines for many years, and is still actively conducting research. To illustrate this issue, many exceptional specimens from private collections and from the Urals State Mining University have been photographed.
In addition to the Ural mines being of worldwide importance for Emeralds, they are also famous for fine specimens and gemstones of Alexandrite, and Phenakite. The district also hosts deposits of Gold, Molybdenum, Tantalum, and Niobium. More than 100 minerals have been reported from the 25 deposits with Emerald mineralization within the district, and a table listing all of the known mineral species is included in the text. Descriptions and photos of many of the other minerals are included. Following the introduction, the author features chapters covering the history of research, notes on geology, orebodies, minerals, and origin of gem minerals. A comprehensive bibliography is followed by the index of minerals. The quality of the photography, as well as the specimens and gemstones illustrated, are exceptional. This new book was published by Ocean Pictures, Ltd., Littleton, Colorado. Printed in Russia, in English, 2009.
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Additional volumes in the Mineralogical Almanac series on famous mineral localities, available from us, are:
“WORLD OF GEMSTONES”,
By Rudolf Duda and L. Rejl, 192 pages, 8” X 5 1/4” size, pictorial
hard cover. This outstanding
book is illustrated with 260 color photographs, 85 of them by Jeff Scovil. Many of the photographs are of
outstanding gemstones and specimens from private collections and
institutions that have never been shared with the public before.
More than 100 precious and semi-precious stones and their varieties
are included. The
introductory section of the book provides basic information about
gemstones and their properties. Identification
by visual properties (color, luster, cleavage, fracture, and crystal
system) is treated in depth, yet explained in easy to understand terms.
Information on physical properties includes hardness, streak,
specific gravity, refractive index, birefringence, dispersion, pleochroism,
and luminescence. Common
methods of treatment are discussed (heating, dyeing, etc).
A brief history of gemstones is given, followed by a short chapter
on astrology and gemstone healing. Different
methods of processing (i.e. preparing faceted stones, cabochons, etc.),
identification, notes on imitations, and basic guidelines on the care of
gemstones are given. The book
is set up so that the information on the minerals is presented in
descending order of hardness, beginning with the Diamond (10 on the
hardness scale), and progressing down the hardness scale to Platinum (4),
Gold (3), and Silver (3). Each
of the minerals reviewed contains the chemical composition, detailed
information on the preferred methods of cutting, notes on color, hardness,
etc., history, astrology and healing effects, as well as information on
the common host rocks where the mineral is found and notes on its
occurrence, worldwide. Similar
minerals are listed, imitations, common methods used for identification,
and care of cut stones. The
color photographs include examples of natural crystals, as well as cut and
polished gemstones. Included
are not only the classic gemstones and precious metals, but also many
recently discovered stones including a list of rare gemstones, as well as
information on synthetic and imitation gemstones.
Information is also provided on tektites, obsidian, rock types used
for gemstones, pearls, and coral. An
alphabetical index is included. Published
by Geoscience Press, Tucson, Arizona, 1998.
| "YUKON PHOSPHATES - MINERALOGY OF THE RAPID CREEK AND
BIG FISH AREA, YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA" - By G. Robinson, J. Van Velthuizen,
H. Gary Ansell, and B. Darko Sturman, 72 pages, 8 1/2 X 11" size, illustrated,
available in both hard cover and soft cover editions. This special issue of the
"Mineralogical Record" magazine has been compiled by four
mineralogists/geologists who represent different branches of the Canadian government. All
four of these experts in mineralogy/geology have visited this important, very remote
locality in the Yukon Territory. Chapters in the book include a short introduction to the
area, information about the location (includes several maps showing the important
collecting sites), a short history of the discovery of the area and specimen recovery
during the 1970's, followed by information on the geology of the district. The section
covering the mineralogy includes detailed descriptions of all of the minerals found in the
area, accompanied by black and white, as well color photos of specimens, and crystal
drawings. A table lists the more than 80 minerals which have been identified -- 10 of
these are new species first described from this locality. An in-depth report on the
paragenesis of the deposit is given, followed by a bibliography containing more than 70
entries. This book was originally published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, AZ,
as Vol. 23, No. 4 -- the July-Aug 1992 special issue entitled "Yukon
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