This book is a strong contender for being the most disappointing book on carbonatites that I have ever read; indeed, it is probably the outright winner. It was written twenty-six years ago, and its concepts, which had little validity even then, are now totally dated. It is concerned with some rocks that make up a small portion of three carbonatite – alkaline rock complexes in eastern Sayan, a region in Russia approximately 300 km northwest of the south end of Lake Baikal and about 200 km north of the Mongolian border. Two and a half pages of text, plus two...

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