The majority of researchers interested in geochemically evolved rocks would most likely be familiar with the works of Semenov on rare-earth minerals, including his 1963 monograph and a chapter in Vlasov’s Geochemistry and Mineralogy of Rare Elements (1966, IPST, Jerusalem). That is why I was very much looking forward to seeing this new book, published under the auspices of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Institute of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Crystal Chemistry of Rare Elements, and Inter-Regional Center for Geological Cartography (all in Moscow, Russia). However, already a brief acquaintance with Ores and Minerals brought me disappointment and a sense of confusion...

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