I'm searching for a Soviet-era science fiction novel, in which rocks are evaporated by chemical means into gases in order to form an atmosphere.
It may then continue on to describe hydrogen and carbon being somehow extracted by the scientists from the minerals in the planet, creating water, and life begins in the puddles that form, but this is less certain than the atmosphere part.
Does any of it ring any bells for anyone?
It would have originally been published in Russian, although it may have been subsequently translated. It also had to have been published prior to 1958.