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Piano dei Camosci (Pian dei Camosci), Formazza, Formazza Valley, Ossola Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province, Piedmont, Italy

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° North , 8° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~11km
Name(s) in local language(s):Piano dei Camosci (Pian dei Camosci; Gemsland), Formazza (Pomatt), Val Formazza (Pomattertal), Val d'Ossola, Provincia del Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piemonte, Italia
Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe

Thick layer of Mesozoic recrystallised dolomitic rocks (marble-like), embedded within the Lebendun Schists, cropping out near Piano dei Camosci (Pian dei Camosci; Gemsland). Some levels are enriched in low-grade Pb-Zn-(Cu) ore with occasional good mineral crystals from open tension fractures.

Few nice SEM photos of primary and secondary minerals are also available (see external link).

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36 valid minerals.

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Mattioli, V. (1976): Jordanite della Val Formazza. Notizie Gruppo Mineralogico Lombardo, 7, 3 (sett. 1976), 66.

Mattioli, V. (1979): Minerali Ossolani. Ed. Arti Grafiche Medesi, Milano, 268 pp.

Graeser, S., Oberholzer, W., Schmultz, L., Stalder, H.A. (1981): Mineral-Neufunde aus der Schweiz und angrenzenden Gebieten. V. Schweizer Strahler, 5, 11, 437-467.

Mattioli, V. (1987): Minerali ossolani, 10 anni dopo: errata corrige e novità. I. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 11, 4 (4-1987), 195-200.

Mattioli, V. (1988): Minerali ossolani, 10 anni dopo: errata corrige e novità. II. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 12, 1 (1-1988), 39-44.

Orlandi, P., Campostrini, I. (2005): Zibaldone. Aggiornamenti di mineralogia italiana 2004. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 29, 3 (3-2005), 184–191.

Piccoli, G.C., Maletto, G., Bosio, P., Lombardo, B. (2007): Minerali del Piemonte e della Valle d'Aosta. Associazione Amici del Museo "F. Eusebio" di Alba, Ed., Alba, 607 pp.

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