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María Josefa Mine, Rodalquilar, Níjar, Almería, Andalusia, Spain

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 51' 29'' North , 2° 5' 2'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 36.85833,-2.08389
Other regions containing this locality:Iberian Peninsula
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Mina María Josefa, Rodalquilar, Níjar, Almería, Andalucía, España

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Mineral List

52 valid minerals. 2 (TL) - type locality of 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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2.588 - 5.333 Ma

ID: 2512533

Age: Pliocene (2.588 - 5.333 Ma)

Description: Calcarenite, sand and yellow silt

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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Queralt, I., M. Kanazirski & M. Gorova (1995): Adularia-sericite type wallrock alteration at the Maria Josefa gold mine: an example of low sulfidation epithermal ore deposit, within the volcanic Rodalquilar caldera (SE, Spain). Geologica Acta, 30(4), 91–100.
Leal, G., Antonio Arribas, Miguel A. Fernandez, Joachim Gröbner, Francisco Hernandez (2005): Rodalquilar : El oro del Cabo del Agata. Bocamina 15, 14-79.
CNMNC Newsletter (2010), June 2010: 578
Mineralogical Magazine (2010): 74: 577-579.
Hochleitner, R., Fehr, K.T., Kaliwoda, M., Günther, A., Schmahl, W.W. and Park, S. (2013), Hydroniumpharmacoalumite, IMA 2012-050. CNMNC Newsletter No. 16, August 2013, page 2699.
Rewitzer, C. & Hochleitner, R. (2014): Rodalquilar bei Almeria: Goldbergbau in Andalusien. Lapis 39 (6), 12-29.
Hochleitner, R.; Fehr, K.T.; Kaliwoda. M.; Günther, A.; Rewitzer, C.; Schmahl, W.W.; Park, S. (2015): Hydroniumpharmacoalumite, (H3O)Al4[(OH)4(AsO4)3] · 4-5 H2O, a new mineral of the pharmacosiderite supergroup from Rodalquilar, Spain. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen (J. Mineral. Geochem.) 192, 169-176.

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