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Alabaster quarries, Fuentes de Ebro, Zaragoza, Aragón, Spaini
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Alabaster quarriesGroup of Quarries
Fuentes de Ebro- not defined -
Zaragoza- not defined -
Aragón- not defined -

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 28' 15'' North , 0° 37' 45'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 41.47111,-0.62944
GeoHash:G#: ezrecttds
Locality type:Group of Quarries
Köppen climate type:Csa : Hot-summer Mediterranean climate
Nearest Settlements:
Fuentes de Ebro4,150 (2012)4.6km
Mediana501 (2012)6.4km
Aguilar de Ebro378 (2012)7.8km
Pina de Ebro2,374 (2012)8.4km
Villafranca de Ebro692 (2012)11.6km

Some quarries are still worked for "alabastro", alabaster (compact, very fine-grained gypsum) in the SW and S of Fuentes de Ebro. Nice water-clear gypsum crystals (actually twinned) in world-class specimens. Most quarries are located around Monte Patillas, inside the "Joan" mining claim. However, larger crystals are found in a quarry near the small Roden village.

Coordinates are given for Monte Patillas area, at its midpoint.

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
Iberian PeninsulaPeninsula

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

2 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Calvo, Miguel. (2012). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. V. Carbonatos y Nitratos. Boratos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 711 págs.
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Description: Large and fine transparent crystals
Reference: Calvo, M. (1989). Gypsum crystals from near Zaragoza, Spain. The Mineralogical Record, 20, 143-144.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.

List of minerals for each chemical element

H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
C AragoniteCaCO3
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O AragoniteCaCO3
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca AragoniteCaCO3

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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5.333 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 3137209
continental molasse

Age: Miocene (5.333 - 23.03 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{marl}, Minor{conglomerate,limestone,gypsum}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

Miocene - Oligocene
5.333 - 33.9 Ma

ID: 3189183
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Cenozoic (5.333 - 33.9 Ma)

Comments: Ebro Basin; Ebro Basin

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Langhian - Aquitanian
13.82 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 2507872

Age: Miocene (13.82 - 23.03 Ma)

Description: Reef limestone, calcarenite and conglomerate. Clay with olistolites

Lithology: Sandstone, conglomerate, clay; limestone and evaporites

Reference: Mapa Geológico de la Península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias a escala 1:1.000.000. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. [77]

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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Calvo, M. (1989) Gypsum crystals from near Zaragoza, Spain. The Mineralogical Record, 20, 143-144.
Rinaudo, C. and Franchini, M. (1993) Characterization of gypsum from Zaragoza (Spain). Neues Jahrbuch fur Mineralogie, Monatshefte, 11, 511-520.
Calvo, M. and Calvo, G. (1999) Les cristaux de gypse des carrières de Saragosse, Espagne. Le Règne Minéral, 27, 30-38.
Calvo, M. and Calvo, G. (2003) Fuentes de Ebro. Bocamina, 11, 4-22.
Calvo, M. (2008) Minerales de Aragón. Prames, Zaragoza, 463 pp.
Calvo, Miguel (2014) Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. VI. Sulfatos (Seleniatos, Teluratos), Cromatos, Molibdatos y Wolframatos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 653 pp.

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