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Aurora Mine, Montevives, Alhendín (La Malahá), Granada, Andalusia, Spain

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 37° 6' 12'' North , 3° 41' 24'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 37.10333,-3.69000
Other regions containing this locality:Iberian Peninsula
Köppen climate type:Csa : Hot-summer Mediterranean climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Mina Aurora, Montevives, Alhendín (La Malahá), Granada, Andalusia, Espãna

Aurora Mine is an open pit exploitation where significant amounts of strontium ore were removed.
It is located on the mountain called "Montevives", between municipal Terms of "Alhendín" and "La Malahá".
It is a sedimentary deposit formed by the alternation of levels of calcite and levels of celestine in marl of Miocene age and is related to processes of diagenetic replacement.

Mineral List

7 valid minerals.

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 - 7.246 Ma

ID: 2506725

Age: Miocene (5.333 - 7.246 Ma)

Description: Conglomerate, sand, reefs, yellow silt, gypsum and haloids. Conglomerate, sand and limestone

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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- Clavera, J. M. y Moreno, F. (1940) Yacimientos de Estroncio en Granada, in "Anales de la Sociedad Española para el progreso de las Ciencias" V, pp. 363-366.
- Arana, R. (1973) Investigaciones mineralógicas en Sierra Nevada (Cordilleras Béticas, España). Tesis doc. Secretariado de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Granada.
- Arana, R., López-Aguayo, F. y Ortega, M. (1977) Wulfenita sedimentaria en el yacimiento de Montevives (Granada). Cuadernos de Geología de la Universidad de Granada, vol. 8, 75-84

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