According to the author, “This book contains a condensed popular description of the history of discoveries and mining of gold (in general) and nuggets (in particular) in Russia.” Unlike other major gold-producing countries where lode (read “bedrock”) gold mining prevails over placer production, in Russia the reverse applies. The emphasis throughout this book is on nuggets, and following N.V. Petrovskaya (1973) [Native Gold. Nauka Publishing, Moscow, 348 p., in Russian], Sher defines gold nuggets as “… relatively large segregations of gold which occur in lode and placer deposits and usually are sharply different by their dimensions from prevailing mass of...

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