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Sivec marble quarries, Sivec Mountain, Prilep, Republic of Macedonia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 24' 25'' North , 21° 35' 39'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 41.40722,21.59417
GeoHash:G#: srr7e3uqs
Locality type:Group of Quarries
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate


Marble quarries, operated by Mermeren Kombinat A.D.
One of the whitest dolomite marble, with exploitation having started at around 500 BCE and being at full peak during Roman times.

The dolomite marble contains multiple calcite veins with idiomorphic crystals of corundum and rutile. Open veins are often filled with fluorite and calcite.

Located on the southwestern slopes of Sivec mountain, about 8 km NNE of Prilep.

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11 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Hidden treasures of Macedonia; Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije; 1999;Slovenia, Ljubljana, ; Baric, L. (1961): Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 9, 133-138.
Clinochlore
Formula: Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Reference: Jersek, Miha and Mirtic, Breda (1999) Croundum from prilep Dolomitic marble, Scopolia [Journal of the Slovenian Museum of natural History], v. 41 (September), p 1-22.
Corundum
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: Baric, L. (1961): Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 9, 133-138; Jeršek, M. & Mirtič, B. (1999): Corundum from Prilep Dolomitic Marble. Scopolia, 41, 1-22; Hidden treasures of Macedonia. Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije, 1999, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Corundum var: Ruby
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: Dan Weinrich
Corundum var: Sapphire
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: Dan Weinrich
Diaspore
Formula: AlO(OH)
Reference: Barić, Lj. (1960): Optische Eingeschaften des Diaspors von Sivec unweit von Prilep in Mazedonien, Bulletin Scientifique Yugoslavie, 5, No. 3, 71.; Baric, L. (1961): Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 9, 133-138; Barić, Lj. (1979): Diaspor, ein ungewöhnlich grosser Kristall aus dem Dolomit-Steinbruch Sivec unweit von Prilep in Mazedonien, Jugoslawien. Lapis, 4 (11), 25 (in German).
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Jersek, Miha and Mirtic, Breda (1999) Croundum from prilep Dolomitic marble, Scopolia [Journal of the Slovenian Museum of natural History], v. 41 (September), p 1-22.
Fluorite
Formula: CaF2
Reference: Hidden treasures of Macedonia; Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije; 1999;Slovenia, Ljubljana,
'Lepidolite' ?
Reference: Hidden treasures of Macedonia; Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije; 1999;Slovenia, Ljubljana,
'commodity:Marble'
Reference: From USGS MRDS database
Margarite
Formula: CaAl2(Al2Si2O10)(OH)2
Reference: Jersek, Miha and Mirtic, Breda (1999) Croundum from prilep Dolomitic marble, Scopolia [Journal of the Slovenian Museum of natural History], v. 41 (September), p 1-22.
Muscovite
Formula: KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Jersek, Miha and Mirtic, Breda (1999) Croundum from prilep Dolomitic marble, Scopolia [Journal of the Slovenian Museum of natural History], v. 41 (September), p 1-22.
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Jersek, Miha and Mirtic, Breda (1999) Croundum from prilep Dolomitic marble, Scopolia [Journal of the Slovenian Museum of natural History], v. 41 (September), p 1-22.
Rutile
Formula: TiO2
Reference: Hidden treasures of Macedonia; Prirodoslovni muzej Slovenije; 1999;Slovenia, Ljubljana,
'Tourmaline'
Formula: A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Reference: Jersek, Miha and Mirtic, Breda (1999) Croundum from prilep Dolomitic marble, Scopolia [Journal of the Slovenian Museum of natural History], v. 41 (September), p 1-22.
'Tourmaline var: Achroite'
Formula: A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
Reference: Jersek, Miha and Mirtic, Breda (1999) Croundum from prilep Dolomitic marble, Scopolia [Journal of the Slovenian Museum of natural History], v. 41 (September), p 1-22.
Zoisite
Formula: {Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Reference: Jersek, Miha and Mirtic, Breda (1999) Croundum from prilep Dolomitic marble, Scopolia [Journal of the Slovenian Museum of natural History], v. 41 (September), p 1-22.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
'Pyrite'2.EB.05aFeS2
Group 3 - Halides
'Fluorite'3.AB.25CaF2
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Corundum'4.CB.05Al2O3
var: Ruby4.CB.05Al2O3
var: Sapphire4.CB.05Al2O3
'Diaspore'4.FD.10AlO(OH)
Rutile4.DB.05TiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
'Calcite'5.AB.05CaCO3
'Dolomite'5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Group 9 - Silicates
'Clinochlore'9.EC.55Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
'Margarite'9.EC.30CaAl2(Al2Si2O10)(OH)2
'Muscovite'9.EC.15KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Zoisite9.BG.10{Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Lepidolite' ?-
Tourmaline-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
'var: Achroite'-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Corundum4.3.1.1Al2O3
AX2
Rutile4.4.1.1TiO2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Diaspore6.1.1.1AlO(OH)
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX2
Fluorite9.2.1.1CaF2
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 58 - SOROSILICATES Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups
Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups with cations in [6] and higher coordination; single and double groups (n = 1, 2)
Zoisite58.2.1b.1{Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Margarite71.2.2c.1CaAl2(Al2Si2O10)(OH)2
Muscovite71.2.2a.1KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Sheets of 6-membered rings interlayered 1:1, 2:1, and octahedra
Clinochlore71.4.1.4Mg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
Corundum
var: Ruby
-Al2O3
var: Sapphire-Al2O3
'Lepidolite' ?-
'Tourmaline'-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
'var: Achroite'-A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
H DiasporeAlO(OH)
H MargariteCaAl2(Al2Si2O10)(OH)2
H MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H Zoisite{Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
BBoron
B Tourmaline (var: Achroite)A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
B TourmalineA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
OOxygen
O Tourmaline (var: Achroite)A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
O CalciteCaCO3
O ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
O CorundumAl2O3
O DiasporeAlO(OH)
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O MargariteCaAl2(Al2Si2O10)(OH)2
O MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O Corundum (var: Ruby)Al2O3
O RutileTiO2
O Corundum (var: Sapphire)Al2O3
O TourmalineA(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z
O Zoisite{Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
FFluorine
F FluoriteCaF2
MgMagnesium
Mg ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
AlAluminium
Al ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Al CorundumAl2O3
Al DiasporeAlO(OH)
Al MargariteCaAl2(Al2Si2O10)(OH)2
Al MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al Corundum (var: Ruby)Al2O3
Al Corundum (var: Sapphire)Al2O3
Al Zoisite{Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
SiSilicon
Si ClinochloreMg5Al(AlSi3O10)(OH)8
Si MargariteCaAl2(Al2Si2O10)(OH)2
Si MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si Zoisite{Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
SSulfur
S PyriteFeS2
KPotassium
K MuscoviteKAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca FluoriteCaF2
Ca MargariteCaAl2(Al2Si2O10)(OH)2
Ca Zoisite{Ca2}{Al3}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
TiTitanium
Ti RutileTiO2
FeIron
Fe PyriteFeS2

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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Precambrian
541 - 4000 Ma



ID: 3188167
Precambrian crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Precambrian (541 - 4000 Ma)

Lithology: Crystalline metamorphic 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]

Precambrian
541 - 4000 Ma



ID: 3136584
Precambrian undifferentiated

Age: Precambrian (541 - 4000 Ma)

Description: high grade metamorphic

Lithology: Metamorphic

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]

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

References

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Barić, Lj. (1960): Optische Eingeschaften des Diaspors von Sivec unweit von Prilep in Mazedonien, Bulletin Scientifique Yugoslavie, 5, No. 3, 71.
Baric, L. (1961): Über die orientierte Verwachsung des Diaspors und des Korunds von Sivec in Mazedonien. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 9, 133-138 (in German).
Barić, Lj. (1969): Dolomitmarmor in der Umgebung der Stadt Prilep und die in ihm vorkommenden Minerale. Tschermarks Mineral. Petrogr. Mitt., 13, 233-249.
Babić, B. (1972): Arheološki tragovi iz antičkog i srednjevekovnog perioda u Prilepskom kraju. Materijali, 9, 21–38.
Barić, Lj. (1979): Diaspor, ein ungewöhnlich grosser Kristall aus dem Dolomit-Steinbruch Sivec unweit von Prilep in Mazedonien, Jugoslawien. Lapis, 4 (11), 25 (in German).
Jeršek, M. & Mirtič, B. (1999): Corundum from Prilep Dolomitic Marble. Scopolia, 41, 1-22.
Boev, B., Jovanovski, G., Makreski, P. and Bermanec, V. (2005) Minerals from Macedonia. XV. Sivec mineral assemblage. Geologica Macedonica, 19, 39-56.
Ilijevski, K. (2012): Minerogenetic Features of the White Marble Deposit “Sivec”. Masters thesis, Univ. Goce Delcev Shtip, Stip, Macedonia, 146 pp. [http://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/501/]
Prochaska, W. (2013): A sculptural marble of prime quality used in antiquity - the dolomitic marbles of the Sivec mountains in Macedonia. Archaeometry 22 (2), 179-197.
Miha Jeršek (2015): Diasporescence in rubies from Prilep dolomitic marble. Macedonian Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 34, 139-143. [http://www.mjcce.org.mk/index.php/MJCCE/article/view/671/413]
Boev, B. (2015): Sivec type of marble (Mineralogical, whiteness and physico-mechanical features). Geologica Macedonica 25, 167-176.

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