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Portalet Mines (Rosario Mine and Elisita Mine), Sallent de Gállego, Tena Valley, Huesca, Aragón, Spain

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Portalet Mines, Sallent de Gállego, Tena Valley, Huesca, Aragón, Spain
Rosario mine - General view of the mining area and Midi d´Ossau peak

Portalet Mines, Sallent de Gállego, Tena Valley, Huesca, Aragón, Spain
Rosario mine - General view of Rosario mining area

Portalet Mines, Sallent de Gállego, Tena Valley, Huesca, Aragón, Spain
Rosario mine - General view of the mining area and Midi d´Ossau peak

Portalet Mines, Sallent de Gállego, Tena Valley, Huesca, Aragón, Spain
Name(s) in local language(s):Minas de El Portalet (Mina Rosario y Mina Elisita), Sallent de Gallego
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 42° 47' 44'' North , 0° 24' 32'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 42.79583,-0.40889
GeoHash:G#: ezxeqwwrb
Locality type:Group of Mines
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate


Small fluorite mines in a stratabound deposit. Mining in this area dates back to the 18th century, but systematic exploration started in the early 1960s. The last mine was closed in 1991.

Fluorite extracted from these mines, and especially of the Rosario Mine, has been used in the manufacture of optical components since the 19th century because of its extreme purity, both from fragments of high transparency and carving lenses (Zeiss), as for fusion to create high-tech components in particle physics to CERN.

Coordinates are given for "Rosario" mine, located close the main road to France, around 1.500 m from the France-Spanish border.

"Elisita" mine is located very close the France-Spanish border in the next coordinates: 42º 48´ 04´´ N - 00º 25´ 25´´ W . The mine is located approximately 700 meters from "Ventas de El Portalet", just in the border, and are accessed by a track that goes to the west, just behind these.

After visiting these mines may be interesting to visit the fluorite mines located just across the border, in "Cirque d´Anéou", in France. See: http://www.mindat.org/loc-262364.html

Regions containing this locality

Iberian Peninsula

Peninsula - 1,601 mineral species & varietal names listed

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


13 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

Detailed Mineral List:

Bournonite
Formula: PbCuSbS3
Reference: Calvo, M. (2003). Minerales y Minas de España, VolII, SulfurosY Sulfosales. Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Álava. p.620
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Mineralium Deposita 32, 180-188.
Cryolite
Formula: Na2NaAlF6
Description: Some old allusions have been erroneously repeated in later references. See history of this error in: Calvo, M. (2006). Minerales y Minas de españa, Vol III, Halogenuros. Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Álava. p. 229.
Reference: Am Min 51:299-323
Donbassite
Formula: Al4.33(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Reference: - Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Stable isotope composition of F-Pb-Zn mineralization in the Valle de Tena (Spanish Central Pyrenees). Mineralium Deposita 32, 180-188.
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: Calvo, M. (2008). Minerales de Aragón. Prames, Zaragoza. 463 págs.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Subías, I., Moritz, R., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1998): Mineralium Deposita 33, 416-424.
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Fernando Gascon Collection
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Mineralium Deposita 32, 180-188.
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Mineralium Deposita 32, 180-188.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Mineralium Deposita 32, 180-188.
Pyrophyllite
Formula: Al2Si4O10(OH)2
Reference: - Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Stable isotope composition of F-Pb-Zn mineralization in the Valle de Tena (Spanish Central Pyrenees). Mineralium Deposita 32, 180-188.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: - Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Stable isotope composition of F-Pb-Zn mineralization in the Valle de Tena (Spanish Central Pyrenees). Mineralium Deposita 32, 180-188.
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Mineralium Deposita 32, 180-188.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Subías, I., Moritz, R., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1998): Mineralium Deposita 33, 416-424.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
'Bournonite'2.GA.50PbCuSbS3
'Galena'2.CD.10PbS
'Pyrite'2.EB.05aFeS2
'Sphalerite'2.CB.05aZnS
Group 3 - Halides
'Cryolite' ?3.CB.15Na2NaAlF6
'Fluorite'3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Goethite'4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
'Quartz'4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
'Calcite'5.AB.05CaCO3
'Siderite'5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
'Donbassite'9.EC.55Al4.33(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
'Kaolinite'9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
'Muscovite'9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
'Pyrophyllite'9.EC.10Al2Si4O10(OH)2

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
ø = 3
Bournonite3.4.3.2PbCuSbS3
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 11 - HALIDE COMPLEXES
Aluminofluorides - Isolated Octahedra
Cryolite ?11.6.1.1Na2NaAlF6
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Pyrophyllite71.2.1.1Al2Si4O10(OH)2
Sheets of 6-membered rings interlayered 1:1, 2:1, and octahedra
Donbassite71.4.1.1Al4.33(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H DonbassiteAl4.33(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C SideriteFeCO3
OOxygen
O CalciteCaCO3
O DonbassiteAl4.33(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
O QuartzSiO2
O SideriteFeCO3
FFluorine
F CryoliteNa2NaAlF6
F FluoriteCaF2
NaSodium
Na CryoliteNa2NaAlF6
AlAluminium
Al CryoliteNa2NaAlF6
Al DonbassiteAl4.33(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si DonbassiteAl4.33(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S BournonitePbCuSbS3
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
KPotassium
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca FluoriteCaF2
FeIron
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe SideriteFeCO3
CuCopper
Cu BournonitePbCuSbS3
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
SbAntimony
Sb BournonitePbCuSbS3
PbLead
Pb BournonitePbCuSbS3
Pb GalenaPbS

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.

Click on geological units on the map for more information. Click here to view full-screen map on Macrostrat.org

Permian - Carboniferous
251.902 - 358.9 Ma



ID: 2499449

Age: Phanerozoic (251.902 - 358.9 Ma)

Description: Lutite, sandstone, conglomerate, and volcanics or limestone

Lithology: Conglomerate, sandstone and lutite

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

Devonian
358.9 - 419.2 Ma



ID: 3141016
Devonian quartzite

Age: Devonian (358.9 - 419.2 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Major:{quartzite}, Minor{shale/slate,limestone,alkali basalt}

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]

Devonian
358.9 - 419.2 Ma



ID: 3190260
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Devonian (358.9 - 419.2 Ma)

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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Subías, I., Recio, C., Fanlo, I., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1997): Stable isotope composition of F-Pb-Zn mineralization in the Valle de Tena (Spanish Central Pyrenees). Mineralium Deposita: 32: 180-188.
Subías, I., Moritz, R., and Fernández-Nieto, C. (1998): Isotopic composition of strontium in the Valle de Tena (Spanish Central Pyrenees) fluorite deposits: relevance for the source of elements and genetic significance. Mineralium Deposita: 33: 416-424.
Calvo, M. (2008). Minerales de Aragón. Prames, Zaragoza. 461 pp.
Calvo, M. (2006). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. III. Halogenuros. Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Alava. Vitoria. 267 págs.
Calvo, M. (2016). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. VIII. Cuarzo y otros minerales de la sílice. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 399 págs.

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