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The White Jade from the Vitim Mountains in Eastern Siberia

1. Introduction

White Nephrite Jade is found in sizable quantities only in Asia, with the most prominent places being the Kun-Lun Mountain and River sites in the Xinjiang Province of China, the Wolgok-ri Talcum mine site near Chuncheon in the Gangwon Province of South Korea and the lesser known sites in the Vitim River Highland east of Lake Baikal in the Autonomous Republic of Buryatia of the Russian Federation.

In 1995 I had the opportunity to meet personally the discoverers of the Vitim White Jade sites Dr. Alexander and Dr. Nina Sekerin, visit Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, gather geological information on the deposits and last but not least, get some very nice specimens of river pebbles and mined material.

All this information was ready to be published in the “old” FOJ bulletin but then it did not make it through the presses. I have now complemented this material with actual information and satellite imagery and take the opportunity to publish it now for on our FOJ homepage...

To read the entire article, please download the .pdf here. It is a 2.5mb download.

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-H.Giess September 2005

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