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Dora Maira Massif, Cuneo Province, Piedmont, Italy

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Name(s) in local language(s): Massiccio Dora Maira, Cuneo, Piemonte, Italia
Very high pressure metamorphism of Mg-rich pelites, at depths over 100 km, have created this very unusual pyrope-coesite-quartzite, now exposed in the Western Alps. Famous for its (nearly) colorless, very pure pyrope (over 95% pyrope molecule) as crude crystals up to coconut size. High-pressure phases like ellenbergerite and coesite are preserved only as inclusions in the pyrope, not in the surrounding matrix.

The main composition of the quartzite is: quartz, phengite, talc, kyanite, pyrope.

Individual localities are Case Parigi (Case Paris) and Case Ramello.

Mineral List

25 entries listed. 21 valid minerals. 2 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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- Hermann, J. (2003) Experimental evidence for diamond-facies metamorphism in the Dora-Maira massif. Lithos 70: 163-182.

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