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Journal/NDM53 2019 eng
New Data on Minerals. 2019. Volume 53.
Edited by P.Yu. Plechov, Professor, Doctor in Science.
Published by the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Russian Academy of Sciences.
Four issues of the journal in 2019:
Contents of issue 1 (volume 53)
The paper is devoted to the individual features of the mineralogical collections that distinguish them from collections of other objects of inanimate nature. These features are important for understanding and assessing the general cultural value of mineralogical collections and separate specimens in them. Wide intraspecific diversity, often the most pronounced precisely in the visually determinable characteristics, is a bright feature of many minerals. The decisive role in the evaluation of mineral specimens in many cases is played by their “immeasurable” characteristics, perceived “through feelings”, primarily compositional characteristics. This brings together exhibits of mineralogical collections, valued also for aesthetic merit, with unique, "non-serial" works of art, and makes it necessary, in particular, to take into account the "artistic" aspect in assessing the significance of such mineral specimen. The expertise of such subject gets, thus, some common features with the art-criticism expertise. читать далее...
Elaborating some museum issues in the field of mineralogy. II. On various aspects of the significance of a mineral specimen
The paper is devoted to different aspects of the scientific and general cultural significance of a mineral specimen, primarily as an exhibit of the mineralogical collection. Various characteristics of a mineral specimen, both objective (quality, rarity, originality) and subjective (degree of study, historical value, etc.) ones are discussed. Criteria for their evaluation and corresponding evaluation systems are suggested, as well as approaches and specific methodological techniques proposed for use in the museum work to characterize the significance of a mineral specimen and highlight outstanding exhibits in mineral collections. Special attention is paid to the duality of the concept of "rarity of a mineral" and the advisability of its definition in the museum work through the cumulative number of specimens of the mineral that are present in collections.
Keywords: mineralogical museum; mineral collection; mineral specimen; quality of mineral specimen; degree of study of mineral specimen; rarity of mineral. читать далее...
The paper is devoted to the concept of "find of a mineral" in a broad sense, which means the entire set of specimens of the mineral found (collected) at the considered mineral locality. The quality, in the museum aspect, of the find of a mineral is discussed in detail and criteria for its evaluation and corresponding evaluation systems applying to different minerals are suggested. читать далее...