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Chips from the Quarry: September/October 2011

THE RUSSIAN MINERALS ARE COMING: And they'll be at the Denver Show, held at the Denver Merchandise Mart Expo Hall on East Fifty-eighth Street, 16–18 September. As a tie-in with the show's Minerals of Russia theme, the Colorado Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy, the Colorado School of Mines, and the Denver Gem and Mineral Council are hosting a symposium at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, on that same subject on 10 September, the Saturday before the show. Also following the Russian theme is this issue of Rocks & Minerals, which has several articles on Russia's minerals, localities, personalities, and publications.

Caption: Susan Robinson's Lake Superior Gems.

Caption: Susan Robinson's Lake Superior Gems.

UPPER MICHIGAN BROCHURE: Susan Robinson, mineral artist and author of the ongoing artist series of articles in Rocks & Minerals, has created and published an accordion-folded brochure about the gems that can be found and purchased in the Lake Superior region. Completely in color and loaded with Robinson's beautiful artwork, the informative brochure, which was also written by her, can be purchased in mineral and gift shops from Grand Marais, Minnesota, to most of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

HONORED: John Rakovan, one of the three executive editors of Rocks & Minerals, was recently honored by the naming of the new mineral rakovanite. With the composition Na3{H3[V10O28]}·15H2O, rakovanite is a member of the pascoite family of minerals and is related to several other new minerals including hughesite and gunterite. The type locality is the West Sunday mine, Gypsum Valley, Slick Rock district, San Miguel County, Colorado. A paper on rakovanite was published in the Canadian Mineralogist (Kampf, A. R., J. M Hughes, J. Marty, M. E. Gunter, and B. Nash. 2011. Rakovanite, Na3{H3[V10O28]}·15H2O, a new pascoite family mineral with a protonated decavanadate polyanion: Crystal structure and descriptive mineralogy. Canadian Mineralogist 49:889–98).

Also honored recently was Bruce Cairncross, one of our longtime consulting editors. He was named as a finalist in the prestigious annual award program of the National Science and Technology Forum in South Africa, in the category of “Communication for Outreach and Creating Awareness of Science, Engineering, Technology, or Innovation.” An internationally acclaimed expert on southern Africa's geoheritage, Cairncross has published six books on the subject and many articles. In addition, he regularly gives lectures to groups, both local and international, on Africa's rich mineral heritage, and he is an internationally recognized mineral and gemstone photographer.

Caption: Two recently honored Rocks & Minerals' reviewing editors, John Rakovan (left) at the Sunshine No. 2 mine, Hansonburg mining district, Bingham, New Mexico, and (right) Bruce Cairncross.

Caption: Two recently honored Rocks & Minerals' reviewing editors, John Rakovan (left) at the Sunshine No. 2 mine, Hansonburg mining district, Bingham, New Mexico, and (right) Bruce Cairncross.

EARTH SCIENCE WEEK: Two thousand eleven is the fourteenth year for this annual event, which is hosted by many businesses and organizations, including the American Geological Institute, a nonprofit federation of more than forty scientific and professional associations that represent more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other Earth scientists. The week was established to give students and other citizens new opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship on our planet.

Earth Science Week 2011 will be celebrated 9–15 October; its theme is Our Ever-Changing Earth. For the latest information on the many associated activities, in general and also state-by-state, visit www.earthsciweek.org.

2011 MUNICH SHOW: This year's Munich Show, 28–30 October, is pulling out all the stops in showcasing specimens that follow its theme of European Classics. Never-before-seen treasures are coming from vaults and collections across Europe and elsewhere. There will be Kongsberg silvers from the mining museum in Norway, Neudorf galena from the University of Bonn, the best European specimens from the Berg-Akademie and Mining Museum in Freiberg (including silver-related specimens from the Saxony mining area and golds from Romania), hessite from the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, Chessy beauties from France, and, for the first time ever, more than fifty important European pieces from the Natural History Museum (London). The private sector will be well represented with specimens from the famous Erica Pohl collection in Switzerland. And that's for starters! For further information on the show see www.munichshow.com.

Caption: One of the silvers from Kongsberg, Norway, that will be on display at this year's Munich Show. The specimen is 3.5 inches across and is from the Jennifer Zinn collection. Jeff Scovil photo.

Caption: One of the silvers from Kongsberg, Norway, that will be on display at this year's Munich Show. The specimen is 3.5 inches across and is from the Jennifer Zinn collection. Jeff Scovil photo.

CORRECTION: The bright splurges of color in Felix Estrella's vivid mineral paintings were one of the highlights in this year's March/April issue. Unfortunately, two of the captions were switched in the article, the ones for fluorapatite (should have been fig. 6) and fluorite (should have been fig. 1). We extend apologies to the artist.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The Houston Gem and Mineral Society, in memory of Arthur E. Smith, and the Cincinnati Mineral Society underwrote color costs in the Connoisseur's Choice column; Maryanne and John Fender (Fender Natural Resources) did the same for the Museum Notes column; and Martin Zinn plus other donors to the Color Fund and donors to the 2010 benefit auction held at last year's Denver Show contributed to color in the remaining articles. All are thanked for their generosity in partnering with Rocks & Minerals to support color photography in the magazine.

MOUSEPADS: The complimentary mousepad that came with your September/October issue is courtesy of Kristalle and Crystal Classics. The colorful mousepads will also be available at the Rocks & Minerals booth at the Denver Show.

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