This extraordinary book describes minerals whose type localities are within the former Soviet Union. Not only does this book take full account of many rare and recently described solid phases, but it will surprise many readers that some common (grossular garnet) and some highly desirable collectable minerals (jeremejevite) were discovered here. When one realizes that the former Soviet Union covers one-sixth of the earth’s land mass, then it is reasonable that almost 600 minerals have been discovered there; the surprise arises because of unfamiliarity with this area.

There are eleven major sections to this book. They are as follows: (1)...

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