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Luserna Valley Quarries, Luserna San Giovanni, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
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Name(s) in local language(s): Cave di Pietra di Luserna, Val Luserna, Luserna San Giovanni / Rorà / Bagnolo Piemonte, Torino / Cuneo, Piemonte, Italia
 
A lot of quarries situated in Luserna Valley in different municipalities [the most important are: Seccarezze 2, 3, 4 and 7 in the municipality of Luserna San Giovanni (Torino); Pian del Torno and Bonetto del Prete quarries in the municipality of Rorà (Torino); Seccarezze 9 and Galiverga quarries in the municipality of Bagnolo Piemonte (Cuneo)]. There are about ninety working quarries for the mining of an excellent grey-green leucogranitic orthogneiss, commercially known as “Pietra di Luserna”.
Some UK (UnKnown minerals) are under study.
"Uricite" has, almost certainly, crystallised from bird excrements.

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities
Aeschynite-(Y)
Albite
Allanite-(Ce)
Aluminocerite-(Ce)
Anatase
Anglesite
'Apatite'
Arsenopyrite
Beryl
Bismutite
Brookite
Calcite
Cannizzarite
Cerussite
Chalcopyrite
Chamosite
'Chlorite Group'
Chrysocolla
Cosalite
Datolite
Epidote
Fergusonite-(Y)
Fluorite
Galena
Graphite
Hammarite
Hellandite-(Y)
Hematite
Heulandite-Ca
Heyrovskýite
Ilmenite
Kainosite-(Y)
'K Feldspar
var: Adularia'

Laumontite
Lusernaite-(Y) (TL)
Magnetite
Marcasite
Molybdenite
Monazite-(Ce)
Muscovite
Opal
Polycrase-(Y) ?
Pyrite
Pyrochlore Group
var: Yttropyrochlore (of Hogarth 1977)

Quartz
Rutile
Sphalerite
Stilbite-Ca
Synchysite-(Ce)
Titanite
'Tourmaline'
Uricite
Wulfenite
Xenotime-(Y)
Zircon


55 entries listed. 50 valid minerals. 1 type locality (valid mineral).

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References

- Finello, G., Ambrino, P., Kolitsch, U., Ciriotti, M.E., Blaß, G., Bracco, R. (2007): I minerali della “Pietra di Luserna”, Piemonte, Italia nord-occidentale. I. Alcune cave di gneiss della Val Luserna. Micro (località), 2/2007, 181-226.
- Piccoli, G.C., Maletto, G., Bosio, P., Lombardo, B. (2007). Minerali del Piemonte e della Valle d'Aosta. Associazione Amici del Museo "F. Eusebio" Alba, Ed., Alba (Cuneo), 607 pp.
- Ambrino, P., Brizio, P., Ciriotti, M.E., Finello, G., Marello, B. (2009). Minerali della Pietra di Luserna. AMI, Ed., Cremona. CD-ROM (in Italian and in English).
Biagioni, C., Bonaccorsi, E., Cámara, F., Cadoni, M., Ciriotti, M.E., Bersani, D., Kolitsch, U. (2012) Lusernaite-(Y), IMA 2011-108. CNMNC Newsletter No. 13, June 2012, page 811; Mineralogical Magazine, 76, 807-817.

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