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Sapucaia mine (Proberil mine), Sapucaia do Norte, Galiléia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 18° 54' 3'' South , 41° 29' 4'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -18.9008333333, -41.4844444444


The Sapucaia mine is approximately 60 km due east of Governador Valadares, and 16 km ENE of Galiléia. It lies within the Conselheiro Pena Pegmatite District of the Eastern Brazilian Pegmatite Province. Mining began in the early part of the 20th Century, but the time of greatest activity was during the Second World War, when the mine produced industrial beryl and muscovite. It still produces feldspar and rare minerals for collectors.

The Sapucaia Pegmatite intrudes garnet-staurolite-muscovite-biotite schists of the São Tomé Formation (Rio Doce Group) and sericite quartzites of the Crenaque Group, all of Neoproterozoic age. The pegmatite forms a lenticular body elongated in a NW-SE direction, and dips at about 70 degrees to the NE. Weathering processes and introduction of metasomatic fluids led to formation of many secondary phosphates. The pegmatite is lithium-rich, and is the type locality for eight minerals, all of them phosphates. Among collectors, the mine is best-known for the phosphates (especially iron-rich ones) and rose quartz. It is NOT known for any tourmaline group mineral or any variety of beryl or spodumene.

(Modified by NK, September 2016.)

Mineral List

Albite

var: Cleavelandite

Almandine

Althausite

Arrojadite-(PbFe) (TL)

Arsenopyrite

Augelite

Autunite

Barbosalite (TL)

Beraunite

Berlinite

Bermanite

Beryl

var: Heliodor

'Biotite'

Cacoxenite

Chamosite

Childrenite

'Clays'

'Columbite-Tantalite'

Crandallite

Cryptomelane

Cyrilovite

Dufrénite

Elbaite

Eosphorite

Faheyite (TL)

Fairfieldite

Ferrisicklerite

Fluorapatite

Frondelite (TL)

'Frondelite-Rockbridgeite Series'

'Garnet'

Gayite

Goethite

Gordonite

Greifensteinite

'Gummite'

Hematite

Heterosite

Hureaulite

Hydroxylherderite

Jahnsite-(CaMnFe)

'Jahnsite Group'

'Jahnsite-(MnMnMg)'

Johnsomervilleite

Kaolinite

Kidwellite

Laueite

Leucophosphite

'Limonite'

Lipscombite (TL)

Lithiophorite

Löllingite

Ludlamite

Magnetite

Messelite

Metaswitzerite

Metavivianite

'Meurigite'

Meurigite-K

Microcline

Mitridatite

Monazite-(Ce)

Montebrasite

Montmorillonite

Moraesite (TL)

Muscovite

Natrodufrénite

Nontronite

Opal

var: Opal-AN

Paravauxite

Pharmacosiderite

Phosphosiderite

Phosphuranylite

Pyrite

Quartz

var: Chalcedony

var: Smoky Quartz

Robertsite

Rockbridgeite

Roscherite

Ruifrancoite (TL)

Rutherfordine

Sabugalite

Saléeite

Schorl

Scorodite

Siderite

Sphalerite

Spodumene

Strengite

Strunzite

Tapiolite-(Fe)

Tavorite (TL)

'Tourmaline'

Triphylite

Variscite

Vivianite

Wardite

Wavellite

Whiteite-(CaMnMg)

'Whiteite Group' ?

Whiteite-(MnFeMg)

Whiteite-(MnMnMg)

Whitmoreite

Xanthoxenite

Xenotime-(Y)

Zanazziite

Zircon


94 valid minerals. 8 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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References

Lindberg, M. L. (1949): Frondelite and the frondelite-rockbridgeite series. American Mineralogist. 34, 541-549

Lindberg & Murata (1953): Faheyite, a new phosphate mineral from the Sapucaia pegmatite mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil. American Mineralogist. 38, 263-270, 349

Science (1954): 119: 739

Lindberg, M.L. and Pecora, W.T. (1955) Tavorite and barbosalite, two new phosphate minerals from Minas Gerais, Brazil. American Mineralogist 40, 952-966.

Rocks & Minerals: 62: 318.

Rocks & Minerals: 63: 44 & 139.

Mineralogical Record: 21: 97.

Cassedanne, J.P. & Baptista, A. (1999): Famous Mineral Localities: The Sapucaia Pegmatite Minas Gerais, Brazil. Mineralogical Record, 30: 347-360 + 365

Chopin, C., Oberti, R., Cámara, F. (2006): The arrojadite enigma: II. Compositional space, new members and nomenclature of the group. American Mineralogist, 91, 1260-1270 [with discussion and analysis of arrojadite-(PbFe) from Sapucaia]

Atencio, K., Chukanov, N. V., Coutinho, J. M.V., Menezes Filho, L.A.D., Dubinchuk, V. T. & Möckel, S. (2007): Ruifrancoite, a new Fe3+-dominant monoclinic member of the roscherite group from Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Canadian Mineralogist. 45, 1263-1273.

Baijot, M., Hatert, F. & Philippo, S. (2012): Mineralogy and geochemistry of phosphates and silicates in the Sapucaia pegmatite, Minas Gerais, Brazil: Genetic implications. Canadian Mineralogist. 50, 1531-1554.

Herminio, Jr., A. N., Bilal, E., and Neves, J. M., 2000, Syn-collisional peraluminous magmatism in the Rio Doce region: mineralogy, geochemistry and isotopic data of the Neoproterozoic Urucum Suite (Eastern Minas Gerais State, Brazil): Revista Brasileira de Geociências, v. 30, p. 120-125.

Pedrosa-Soares, A., Chaves, M., and Scholz, R., 2009, Eastern Brazilian Pegmatite Province: 4th International Symposium on Granitic Pegmatites, Field Trip Guide, p. 1-28 (pdf on-line at http://www.researchgate.net/publication/234037120_Eastern_Brazilian_Pegmatite_Province).


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