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Monte Nero Mine, Rocchetta Vara, La Spezia Province, Liguria, Italy

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 14' 50'' North , 9° 45' 22'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.2472222222, 9.75611111111
Name(s) in local language(s): Miniera di Monte Nero, Rocchetta Vara, La Spezia, Liguria, Italia
Old manganese mine, known since the late XVIII century, in metacherts.

Mineral List

63 entries listed. 61 valid minerals. 2 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Cordier, M., L. (1811): Statistique Minéralogique du Département des Apennins. Journal des Mines, 176, 81-134

Antofilli, M., Borgo, E., Palenzona, A. (1983): I nostri minerali. Geologia e mineralogia in Liguria. Sagep Editrice. Genova, 296 pp.

Borgo, E., & Palenzona, A. (1988): I nostri minerali. Geologia e mineralogia in Liguria. Aggiornamento 1988. EE. VV. 48 pp.

Palenzona, A. (1990): I nostri minerali. Geologia e mineralogia in Liguria. Aggiornamento 1990. EE. VV. 48 pp.

Marchesini, M. and Palenzona, A. (1997): Il giacimento manganesifero di Monte Nero (Rocchetta Vara, La Spezia). Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 1/1997, 51-55.

Marchesini M. (1999): Tronchi silicizzati: associazioni a rame, arsenico e vanadio. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 23, 2 (2/1999), 116-122.

Cabella, R., Basso, R., Lucchetti, G., Palenzona, A. (2000): Geigerite from Mt. Nero manganese mine (Northern Appennines, La Spezia, Italy). Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, 12, 570-576.

Palenzona, A., Balestra, C., Marchesini, M. (2002): La geigerite della miniera di Monte Nero (Rocchetta Vara, La Spezia). Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 2/2002, 75-76.

Balestra, C., & Kolitsch U. (2007): Segnalazione di libethenite alla miniera di Monte Nero. Prie. Notiziario di Mineralogia Ligure, 3/2007, 27-29

Balestra, C., Pozzi, A., Kolitsch, U. (2007): La brandtite di Monte Nero: primo ritrovamento italiano. Prie. Notiziario di Mineralogia Ligure, 3/2007, 124-125

Balestra, C., Kolitsch, U., Blass, G., Callegari, A.M., Boiocchi, M., Armellino, G., Ciriotti, M.E., Ambrino, P., Bracco, R. (2009): Mineralogia ligure 2007-2008: novità caratterizzate dal Servizio UK dell’AMI. Micro (UK report), 7, 1, 78-99.

Bersani, D., Balestra, C., Kolitsch, U., Blass, G., Ciriotti, M.E., Ambrino, P. (2009): La spettroscopia Raman a supporto della mineralogia sistematica ligure. Micro (UK report), 7, 2, 112-117.

Passarino, G. (2009): L'inesite della miniera di Monte Nero, Rocchetta Vara, Val di Vara, La Spezia. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 4/2009, 260-262.

Callegari, A.M., Boiocchi, M., Ciriotti, M.E. and Balestra, C. (2010) Coralloite, IMA 2010-012. CNMNC Newsletter, June 2010, page 579; Mineralogical Magazine, 74, 577-579.

Callegari, A.M., Boiocchi, M., Ciriotti, M.E., Balestra, C. (2012): Coralloite, Mn2+Mn3+2(AsO4)2(OH)2•4H2O, a new mixed valence Mn hydrate arsenate: Crystal structure and relationships with bermanite and whitmoreite mineral groups. American Mineralogist, 97, 727-734.

Balestra, C., Bracco, R., Pozzi, A., Finello, G., Castellaro, F., Callegari, A.M., Boiocchi, M., Mills, S.J., Bindi, L., Carbone, C., Ciriotti, M.E. (2012): Coralloite, Paseroite e Bassoite: tre nuove specie in Liguria. Micro, 10, 2, 78-96.

Bracco, R. and Balestra, C. (2014): La miniera di Monte Nero, Rocchetta Vara, La Spezia, Liguria: minerali classici e novità. Micro, 12, 1, 2-28.

Kampf, A.R., Cámara, F., Ciriotti, M.E., Nash, B.P., Balestra, C., Chiappino, L. (2016): Castellaroite, Mn2+3(AsO4)2⋅4.5H2O, a new mineral from Italy related to metaswitzerite. European Journal of Mineralogy, 28, 687-696.

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