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Marco Crepaldi's Photo Gallery

HX6-Q3FDolomite, Saponite

Multiple photos available
Arrestra Quarry, Varazze and Sassello, Savona Province, Liguria, Italy

Dimensions: 4 mm x 1 mm x 0.7 mm
Field of View: 40 mm

Arrestra quarry can be easily reached by a walk along Arrestra stream approximately at the estuary. The quarry is abandoned and completely filled with scrap all around. In spite of this, very big rocks composed mainly of dark serpentine minerals can still be found. From these rocks, in which typical orange saponite, calcite/aragonite and dolomite veins occur, minerals can be collected using a light hammer. This is an example of carbonate mineral (possibly dolomite), that has been removed from one of these big rocks, with a small spot of saponite on one end.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 853734     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 63   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2419 x 1814 pixels (4.4 Mpix)

95V-E3UAlmandine

Châtillon, Aosta Valley, Italy

Dimensions: 6 mm x 6 mm x 6 mm
Field of View: 10 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 6 mm

Besides its beauty, the Bellecombe area within the municipal territory of Châtillon in Valle d'Aosta is very famous for the large number of rodingite mineral findings. Rodingite formations mantled by greenish chlorite schists typically include splendid crystallisations of calcium-bearing silicates, such as grossular, vesuvianite, diopside, epidote and titanite, as testified by the large number of pictures in this database. However, in a certain area of the mountain (north slope of Mont Barbeston) eclogite/chlorite schists outcrops are also present. In these rocks massive concentrations of almandine-rich garnet can be easily found, and mineral collecting does not require mining or excavations. Chlorite schists and eclogites can be easily found along the paths in the woods by walking around and looking at the ground. This is an example of an impactless pick up of a 3 x 3 x 1 cm rock including a dark red almandine-rich garnet, having the approximate size of 6 x 6 x 6 mm, found after a mountain walk.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 847971     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 58   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4032 x 3024 pixels (12.2 Mpix)

WYH-CRFPyrite, Muscovite (Var: Fuchsite), Glaucophane, Calcite, Rutile

Rio Oremo, Chiavolino, Pollone, Biella Province, Piedmont, Italy

Dimensions: 30 mm x 20 mm x 20 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 7 mm

A nice cube of pyrite found inside a calcite and glaucophane cavity along Rio Oremo, upstream of Chiavolino. This very nice piece has almost perfect faces. Red spots of rutile are clearly visible, together with green fuchsite and blue glaucophane all around. The mineral was found inside a rock clearly exhibiting a mixture of these minerals, all immersed in a calcite matrix.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 821076     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 98   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4032 x 3024 pixels (12.2 Mpix)

45A-2XYWulfenite, Quartz

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Le Forche, Quittengo, Cervo Valley, Biella Province, Piedmont, Italy

Dimensions: 80 mm x 45 mm x 40 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 4 mm

A very nice sample of wulfenite found along the pathway to Sassaia at "Le Forche" locality. There, the rocks are quite fragile and it may easily happen that some big trees fall, hence, wrecking the surrounding ground, and consequently lifting up the buried rocks. Roots indeed can penetrate the rocks conglomerate and then as they fall they can drag and break the mountain, hence revealing crystals. Consequently these pieces can be found without excessive commitment. This is a nice piece for the locality because it includes bright yellow wulfenite crystals, up to 4 mm in size.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 817545     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 77   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2448 x 3264 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

KPG-J64Prehnite

Erzelli, Genoa, Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Dimensions: 50 mm x 50 mm x 30 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 10 mm

Nice piece of prehnite found in the excavated material at the Erzelli hill. The sample, typical for this locality, includes a clear vein of prehnite surrounded by albite. Overall, the sample is very heavy because these minerals grew on top of very hard dark red basalt. The crystal is clearly broken and partially damaged
due to massive material moving.
Photo ID: 814412     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 67   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2448 x 3264 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

8V9-7PFAlbite

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Erzelli, Genoa, Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Dimensions: 30 mm x 30 mm x 20 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 6 mm

Along the pathways recently created in the Erzelli hill, minerals can be easily found. The excavated material has been indeed used as a standard construction stone and dumped to implement artificial embankments, but some small/medium size crystals are immersed in this basalt mixture. This is a very nice piece of albite with both cm- and mm-size crystalline structure. Crystal twinning is clearly visible by referring to each face of the biggest structures.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 812701     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 96   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2448 x 3264 pixels (8.0 Mpix)

3YG-XG4Molybdenite, Quartz

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Le Forche, Quittengo, Cervo Valley, Biella Province, Piedmont, Italy

Dimensions: 20 cm x 10 cm x 7 cm
Field of View: 50 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 2 cm
Weight: 700 g

Close-up of a mineral found at "Le Forche". The rocks, there, are very fragile and landslides very commonly occur. In these occasions, from the top of the hill rocks can fall to the pathway-level; hence, very nice crystals can be easily found. This mineral specimen is a complex aggregate of various quartz crystals and contains black metallic molybdenite.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 812160     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 105   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3648 x 2052 pixels (7.5 Mpix)

DLF-95WQuartz, Wulfenite

Multiple photos available
Le Forche, Quittengo, Cervo Valley, Biella Province, Piedmont, Italy

Dimensions: 5 cm x 8 cm
Field of View: 7 cm
Largest Crystal Size: 20 mm

Photograph of a lattice quartz stone found at "Le Forche" after digging about 50 cm into the hill. The quartz specimen is aggregated in a micro and macro crystalline structure, and on some sides clear wulfenite crystals, resulting in an additive layer onto the existing quartz crystals, are visible.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 812158     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 99   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3648 x 2736 pixels (10.0 Mpix)

KEN-4KUEpidote

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Erzelli, Genoa, Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Dimensions: 10 mm x 15 mm x 10 mm
Field of View: 1 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 1 mm

A close-up of an epidote crystal found in the excavated material at Genova Erzelli. Epidote is clearly visible as it normally appears as a green incrustation, but its crystals are distinctly visible only through a microscope.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 810008     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 74   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4032 x 3024 pixels (12.2 Mpix)

4PJ-U0YGarnet Group

Multiple photos available
Cervo stream gold alluvials, Biella Province, Piedmont, Italy

Dimensions: 50 mm x 30 mm x 40 mm
Field of View: 10 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 10 mm

A specimen of garnet found along the Cervo stream, next to the gold alluvials location. The crystal, found inside a cavity of a glaucophane-bearing rock (very hard), is damaged after years of chemical reactions inside the rock.
Copyright: © Marco Crepaldi and Linda Rosso      Photo ID: 810001     Uploaded by: Marco Crepaldi   View Count: 70   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4032 x 3024 pixels (12.2 Mpix)
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