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Paolo Giovanni Biffi's Photo Gallery

Aerial Perspective view of the Tafone mining area (with geological overlay)

Tafone Mine, Manciano, Grosseto Province, Tuscany, Italy

Synthetic Aerial Perspective view of the Tafone mining area (vertical exaggeration x 1,5), with semi-trasparent geological overlay illustrating the Southern and Northern stopes, the main dumps and the area with the smelter plant.
Northern Stope is now fully invaded with water (Tafone Lake).

thans to Google corporations

Geological Overlay ( geo-referenced with an error around 100 meters) is from: Dessau, G., Ducchi, G., and Stea, B. (1972) Geologia e depositi minerari della zona Monti Romani-Monteti (Comune di Manciano - GR). Memorie della Società Geologica Italiana, 11(2), 218-242 and 245-246.
Copyright: © Copyright: Google and related companies      Photo ID: 966255     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 15   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1920 x 1160 pixels (2.2 Mpix)

Evolution of Il Castellaccio mine through times (2003-2011-2017) from satellite imagery

Il Castellaccio Mine, Morfasso, Arda Valley, Piacenza Province, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Definitely we can consider it as a defunct locality, unless new mining activity will occur in future.
Images taken from Google Earth with thanks to Google Corporation
Copyright: © Google      Photo ID: 950624     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 32   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 7298 x 1653 pixels (12.1 Mpix)

Location Map of Alpe Grasso Hg Mine (abandoned)

Grasso Alp, Margno, Valsassina, Lecco Province, Lombardy, Italy

Taken from IGM map 1:25.000
Copyright: © IGM (Istituto Geografico Militare)      Photo ID: 934800     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 16   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1584 x 951 pixels (1.5 Mpix)

Aerial Perspective view of Wasserfalkopfe

Wasserfallköpfe, Vizze Pass, San Giacomo, Vizze Valley, Bolzano-Alto Adige Autonomous Province, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Generated with Google earth Pro

Thanks to Google corporation
Copyright: © Coopyright owner are Google and associated compani      Photo ID: 901849     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 29   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1921 x 1166 pixels (2.2 Mpix)

Location map of Nebida Concession (C010 MM_PbZ)

Nebida mine, Nebida, Iglesias, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy

Location map of Nebida Concession (C010 MM_PbZ) taken from "Piano Regionale Attività Estrattive - L.R. 7.06.89, n.30 - (Titolo II - Art.6), tavola 2.8a, Attività Estrattive Provincia Carbonia-Iglesias, Scala 1:50.000, 31 Marzo 2007" prepared by PROGEMISA for Regione Sardegna.

the whole pdf document is publicly available in the internet site of Regione Sardegna

The map is showing:
- the concession boundaries of "mine going to be dismissed and mining title waived or expired" (green lines)
- mining dumps (yellow polygons)
- open pit excavations (coral-red polygons)
- not differentiated mining areas (pink polygons)
- dumps of fine grained materials (eg washery muds) (brown polygons)
Copyright: © Copyright owner: Regione Sardegna & Progemisa      Photo ID: 901207     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 12   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1324 x 750 pixels (1.0 Mpix)

Location map of Malacalzetta Concession (C022 MM_PbZ)

Malacalzetta Mine, Iglesias, Carbonia-Iglesias Province, Sardinia, Italy

Location map of Malacalzetta Concession (C022 MM_PbZ) taken from "Piano Regionale Attività Estrattive - L.R. 7.06.89, n.30 - (Titolo II - Art.6), tavola 2.8a, Attività Estrattive Provincia Carbonia-Iglesias, Scala 1:50.000, 31 Marzo 2007" prepared by PROGEMISA for Regione Sardegna.

the whole pdf document is publicly available in the internet site of Regione Sardegna

The map is showing:
- the concession boundaries of "mine going to be dismissed and mining title waived or expired" (green lines)
- mining dumps (yellow polygons)
- open pit excavations (coral-red polygons)
- not differentiated mining areas (pink polygons)
- dumps of fine grained materials (eg washery muds) (brown polygons)

Some other surrounding mines and concessions are also shown
Copyright: © Copyright owner: Regione Sardegna & Progemisa      Photo ID: 901203     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 24   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 969 x 825 pixels (0.8 Mpix)

Lanzada Mineralogical Museum: opening announcement - July 2018

Lanzada, Lanterna Valley, Malenco Valley, Valtellina, Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy

On 28 July 2018, a permanent exhibition of part of the Valtellinese mineralogical collection previously belonging to Prof. Francesco Bedognè will be inaugurated at the Mineralogical Museum of Via Palù, Lanzada. The poster shows a remarkable specimen of Demantoid garnet from the Sferlun mine.
Photo ID: 901159     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 25   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 8400 x 11800 pixels (99.1 Mpix)

Comparison panel showing the location of Reference Coordinates point (left) and a real picture of the area.

La Piana Alp, Premosello Chiovenda, Ossola Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province, Piedmont, Italy

Comparison panel showing the location of Reference Coordinates point (left) and a real picture of the area.

Access to the site is quite difficult. I was there in 1985, but later I failed a couple of time to reach it , mostly because of the intensive, thorny and hostile vegetation.

The mineralised area is small and just at the base of the cliff.
Copyright: © Coopyright owner: Google and Hikr.org      Photo ID: 900889     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 48   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1837 x 1039 pixels (1.9 Mpix)

Aerial perspective view of the Rocca di Castellaccio mineral collecting area

Rocca Castellaccio, Ciappanico, Torre di Santa Maria, Malenco Valley, Valtellina, Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy

Synthetic aereal perspective view of Rocca di Castellaccio, generated with Google Earth program
(Courtesy of Google corporation)

The pinpoint is placed about at the base of the gully where artinite-bearing outcrops were found. Ti-rich rodingites (both veins and boulders) are spread all around (despite no longer easy to find).
Copyright: © Coopyright owner: Google and associated companies      Photo ID: 900813     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 45   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1920 x 1160 pixels (2.2 Mpix)

Aerial perspective view of the Dombastone Valley, mineral collecting area

Dombastone Valley, Sondalo, Valtellina, Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy

Synthetic aerial view of the Dombastone Valley generated with Google Earth program
(Courtesy of Google Corporation)

The whole hydrographic catchment of Dombastone Creek is intersected by a swarm of pegmatitic dykes, whose fragments falls down into the main valley by means of the many secondary gullies. All areas uncovered with vegetations are virtually prospective but many are of quite difficult and long access.
Copyright: © Coopyright owner are Google and associated compani      Photo ID: 900654     Uploaded by: Paolo Giovanni Biffi   View Count: 40   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1920 x 1160 pixels (2.2 Mpix)
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