The growth of crystals and crystal aggregates often gets cursory treatment in mineralogical textbooks published in the so-called western world. A notable exception is the late John Sinkankas’s Mineralogy for Amateurs. Mineral ontogeny, as it is termed, has received much more attention in Russia, where entire textbooks have been published on the subject. An early example is D.P. Grigoriev’s Ontogeny of Minerals, which was reviewed in this journal in 1967 [Can. Mineral.9(1), 136–138]. Boris Kantor, the author of Crystal Growth & Development, is a mineral collector and amateur mineralogist with a special interest in mineral...

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