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Briefly noted

(December 2013) On the four days of the Xiamen Stone Fair 2014 (06th – 09th March) the World Stone Congress will be staged: on the afternoon of day 1, trade organizations will present their national marketing strategies, on the morning of day 2 lectures on stone design will take place, the afternoon of day 2 will be filled will presentations by company representatives showing new technology, whereas the two last days are reserved for open discussions in free sessions. Those wishing to act as speakers can submit their entries and themes to Mrs. Marsha Tsai (Mail). Contact person for technical themes and free sessions is Ms. Christabel Zhang (Mail).

Welsh Slate Company of Great Britain produces custom-made slate signs which can be ordered online. The company’s headquarters are in Blaenau Ffestiniog in Wales where the slate quarry Llechwood Caverns can be visited (1, 2).

Purported release of radon gas emanating from granite kitchen countertops remains a topic of heated discussion. A recent transmission by a US television network repeated this age-old myth in a show by the name of „The Doctors“. The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has invoked a public correction.

Rio Tinto: Raw diamonds in unusual sizes and colors. Photo: Rio TintoRaw diamonds in unusual sizes and colors were sold by multinational Rio-Tinto Group in October at the Antwerp and Israel Exchanges. The stones originated from mines in Australia, Canada and Zimbabwe. The most valuable of the lot weighed in at 74 karat (photo right).   

Call for Papers: „Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future“ will be the title of a special volume documenting the value of science applied to the solution of daunting problems and sponsored by the Geological Society of America.   

Sudoku on the gravestone is the cause of a dispute in Great Britain; cemetery officials are demanding removal of the puzzle (1, 2).

Artistic stone mosaic by Italian Inspo Marmi.

The Premios Macael were awarded for the 20th time his year. The prize goes to outstanding work involving the use of the Andalusian Macael marble (Spanisch 1, Video).

Video of the month: remote monasteries on cliffs (1, 2).

(02.12.2013, USA: 12.02.2013)