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Moscow mindat tour

Last Updated: 3rd Sep 2017

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.





Our group has a day in Moscow before we leave tomorrow for Kola. First stop, Moscow State University. Let's take the metro.



The 'new' building of MSU built in 1953



Famous Russian geologist Lomonosov.



The central tower.



And into the geology museum.



View of the Moscow skyline from 28th floor



Charoite cabinet.



Large foliated potassium salt (carnallite)



Igneous rocks



Neat geological model.



A basalt/dolerite containing native iron.



Lots of unusual Russian rock types. This eudialyte rich pegmatite is hopefully something we will see in the field over the next few days.



Wiulyite in skarn



We are getting a very good guided tour.



Another unusual alkali pegmatite from Kola this time containing Villiaumite.



Statue of Charles Darwin.



Large sedimentary Agata from Moscow region.



Geological timeline.



Cabinet of impactites



Tree section from Tunguska showing the ring from the 1908 comet impact.



Tagamite impactite from Yakutia.



Impact display.



Globe of the moon signed by Neil Armstrong.



Peter Pallas, for whom the Pallasite class of meteorites is named.



Down one floor to the mineral collection!



Tosudite.



62.7kg Ukrainian Topaz



Kimberlite indicator minerals.



Phlogopite from Sludyanka



Russian gem material display.



Spangolite from Kazakhstan



Some banded sphalerite/galena ores from Altai. Not exactly schalenblende but close.



Ehlite from Urals



Hematite from Urals.



Admiring the minerals.



Quartz and silica specimens.



Malachite from Urals. This piece was found 1959



Now on 4th floor looking at a teaching display in the geochemistry Mineralogy department



Some of the minerals we will find in Kola



Kirill showing us where we are going on the big geological map.



And now we are about to enter the famous Fersman Mineralogical Museum.



Most important museum employee.



The galaries



Meteorites



Huge Sikhote-Alinskii meteorite - 1745kg. Fell 12/Feb/1947



The very first Pallasite found 1749



Chunk of Meteorite embedded in tree from expedition to recover pieces from the Sikhote-Alinskii fall.



Yes. I know you're waiting for it, I won't keep you in suspense any more. Here is the atacamite mouse.



Urals beryl :)



A lump of magnetite embedded in metal plates used by Lomonosov in the 1700s during his work on natural magnetism. The hook which is only held by the magnetism of the magnetite can hold up to 2.5kg.



Large charoite



Some of the systematic display.



Amber



Diamonds



Ok choose an odd mineral and post the name in comments below. If I'm still here and they have it I'll post a photo!



Just to get things started, Popovite.



Weardale fluorite



Huge danburite from dalnegorsk.



Celestine from Kazakhstan



Dalnegorsk fluorite



Millerite from the Urals



Topaz!



Another big topaz!



Russian tourmaline



Another of the Celestines from Kazakhstan



Beryl, anyone?



Closeup from above display.



Some of the most exceptional Russian minerals.



Urals emerald.



Incredible Kongsberg silver which was a gift to Peter the Great



Type locality crocoite



Another of the large topaz crystals from Volodarsk, Ukraine



A fluorite cabinet



Back in Moscow after Kola at the Vernadsky mineral museum.



Fabulous display of Russian malachite collected by Count Rumyantzev in 1800s



Malachite



More Malachite.



Rhodonite



Systematic gallery.



Matlockite from Derbyshire, England.



Big malachite



Varlamoffite



Hydroboracite from Kazakhstan.



Central cabinet with larger pueves



In Russian museums specimens are not cleaned and prepared to the same extremes that they are in the west. They are regarded as teaching objects so they remain mostly as they were collected.



Large Slyudyanka lazurite.



Kola hydrotalcite



Vanadinite from Kazakhstan.



Gagarinite.



Geological tour of the Moscow Metro



Rhodonite pillars at Mayakovskaya station



Ceiling mosaic



Red limestone from Georgia at Krasnopresnenskaya station.



Komsomolskaya station.



Obligatory Lenin statue



Stone mosaic using various rocks, jaspers etc.



Another beautiful mosaic made with at least 15 different minerals and rocks.



Now a visit to the mineral shop where a special show is arranged. And Ludmila is here!



Private mineral collection



Dmitry Lisitsin has some minerals to pet us.



Rare stuff!



We are being hosted by the Mineral shop Kristallov.net



Looking at minerals for sale





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Comments

Thanks Jolyon.

I wonder if they have some schalenblende specimens in the displays. Would be nice to see some of them as there are non from the " after the iron curtain " countries on Midat.

Have fun.

Paul.

Paul De Bondt
22nd Aug 2017 10:39am
I just love the oddballs: atacamite mouse and the chunk of meteorite embedded in tree from Sikhote-Alinskii!

Thanks for showing
Matt

Matt Courville
22nd Aug 2017 2:19pm
Impressive!

What is the locality of those BIG topaz crystals?

Ron Werner
Norway

The Evje og Hornnes geomuseum, Fennefoss
22nd Aug 2017 3:54pm
Evje the large topaz are probably from this location: https://www.mindat.org/loc-11331.html

Location is called Volodarsk-Volynskii (Volodars'k-Volyns'kyy; Wolodarsk-Wolynskii), Zhytomyr Oblast' (Zhitomir Oblast'), Ukraine

Scott Rider
22nd Aug 2017 6:20pm
Jolyon,
So nice of you to document the trip. Great to see the various places where I know we will not be able to go.
Thanks for your postings.
Rolf

Rolf Luetcke
23rd Aug 2017 1:10pm
Thanks Scott for the information!

The Evje og Hornnes geomuseum, Fennefoss
30th Aug 2017 3:02pm

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