The slender volume here under review is volume 8 in a series of sumptuous publications of the Mineralogical Almanac, printed in Russia. Earlier numbers may be purchased from: Mineralogical Almanac, 5341 Thrasher Drive, Cincinnatti, Ohio 45247, USA (www.minbooks.com).

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Where is the Kerch Iron-Ore basin? It’s just east of the Crimea, on a peninsula that separates the Black Sea from the Sea of Azov (p. 15). This reviewer admits to never having heard of Kerch, nor was it so much as mentioned in the texts (Lindgren, Bateman) that he used as a student. After reading this lean volume I...

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