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La Mure coal mines, La Mure, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Francei
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Name(s) in local language(s):Anciennes mines de La Mure (Le Villaret-Susville, Prunières, Saint-Arey)
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 55' 27'' North , 5° 46' 45'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.92417,5.77944
GeoHash:G#: spuped0qn
Locality type:Group of Mines
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
La Mure5,190 (2016)2.5km
Nantes-en-Ratier429 (2016)3.1km
Saint-Honoré848 (2016)3.6km
Pierre-Châtel1,295 (2016)3.6km
Prunières335 (2016)3.6km
Other/historical names associated with this locality:Rhône-Alpes


"South of Grenoble on the N85. On the dumps of the coal mines surrounding this city, one can collect a number of minerals. The principal ones are sphalerite, boulangerite, bournonite, calcite, chalcopyrite, pyrite, tetrahedrite, and siderite." [Belot, 1978]

Former coal mines located under the Senépi mountains (west from La Mure), officially started in 1806 and closed in 1997. These mines have operated 6 coal layers in carboniferous (lower Stephanian) sandstones deposited on mica schists and covered by Triassic and Jurassic sediments. All is deformed by the Alpine tectonics in the form of a large syncline (called the La Mure dome) that has complicated the coal operation. Several adits (Le Villaret level 15, Les Merlins level 12, Les Rioux level 12...) had cut some mineralized faults (quartz, siderite, and dolomite with miscellaneous sulphides) in mica schists or in carboniferous/Triassic/liassic sediments. The vugs in these veins have probably given the best sulphides specimens in France! These specimens all date from the time of operation because all adits are now closed and the large dumps near the main adits are only composed of finely crushed rubble...

NB: The coordinates below correspond to the Villaret shaft which was the main shaft of the mining claim but these mines were very large and many adits were dug in the mountains.

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
EuropeContinent
The Alps, EuropeMountain Range

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25 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Note: this is a very new system on mindat.org and data is currently VERY limited. Please bear with us while we work towards adding this information!

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Detailed Mineral List:

Azurite
Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Reference: Rouveyrol P. (1961) - Sondage BRGM
Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Reference: Haudour J. et Sarrot-Reynauld J. (1954) - Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux
'Bindheimite'
Formula: Pb2Sb2O6O
Reference: Rouveyrol P. (1961) - Sondage BRGM
Bornite
Formula: Cu5FeS4
Reference: Rouveyrol P. (1961) - Sondage BRGM
Boulangerite
Formula: Pb5Sb4S11
Reference: Arliguie M collection.; Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.
Bournonite
Formula: PbCuSbS3
Description: Cogwheels crystals up to 3 cm.
Reference: Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.; Moore, T.P. (1989) Notes From Europe (Column) Bad Ems, Ste.-Marie and Rheinland-Pfalz Shows. Mineralogical Record, 20(6), 483-486.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Haudour, J. and Sarrot-Reynauld, J. (1954) Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux.; Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.
Cannizzarite
Formula: Pb48Bi56S132
Reference: BRGM (1981)
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Haudour, J. and Sarrot-Reynauld, J. (1954) Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux.; Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.
Cinnabar
Formula: HgS
Reference: Rouveyrol P. (1961) - Sondage BRGM
Cubanite
Formula: CuFe2S3
Reference: Haudour J. et Sarrot-Reynauld J. (1954) - Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux
Diadochite
Formula: Fe3+2(PO4)(SO4)(OH) · 5H2O
Reference: Haudour J. et Sarrot-Reynauld J. (1954) - Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Haudour J. et Sarrot-Reynauld J. (1954) - Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux
Fluorapatite
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3F
Colour: pink
Description: Pink crystals up to 1 cm
Reference: Haudour J. et Sarrot-Reynauld J. (1954) - Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Haudour J. et Sarrot-Reynauld J. (1954) - Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Description: Hyaline crystals, up to 10 centimeters.
Reference: "Les minéraux, leurs gisements, leurs associations", P. Bariand, F. Cesbron et J. Geffroy (1977), Editions Minéraux et Fossiles, BRGM
Magnesite
Formula: MgCO3
Description: Mesitite variety.
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: Rouveyrol P. (1961) - Sondage BRGM
Melanterite
Formula: Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Reference: Haudour J. et Sarrot-Reynauld J. (1954) - Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Arliguie M collection.; Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Min.Rec.:20:483.
Semseyite
Formula: Pb9Sb8S21
Reference: Alain TUEL Collection
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.; Moore, T.P. (1989) Notes From Europe (Column) Bad Ems, Ste.-Marie and Rheinland-Pfalz Shows. Mineralogical Record, 20(6), 483-486.
Smithsonite
Formula: ZnCO3
Reference: Rouveyrol P. (1961) - Sondage BRGM
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Description: Gemmy red-orange (sometimes green) crystals up to 2 cm. Classic black crystals up to 7 cm.
Reference: Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.
Tetrahedrite
Formula: Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Description: Crystals up to 5 cm
Reference: Haudour, J. and Sarrot-Reynauld, J. (1954) Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux.; Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Bornite2.BA.15Cu5FeS4
Boulangerite2.HC.15Pb5Sb4S11
Bournonite2.GA.50PbCuSbS3
Cannizzarite2.JB.20Pb48Bi56S132
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Cinnabar2.CD.15aHgS
Cubanite2.CB.55aCuFe2S3
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Pyrite2.EB.05aFeS2
Semseyite2.HC.10dPb9Sb8S21
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Tetrahedrite2.GB.05Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Bindheimite'4.DH.20Pb2Sb2O6O
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Azurite5.BA.05Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Dolomite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Magnesite5.AB.05MgCO3
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Smithsonite5.AB.05ZnCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Melanterite7.CB.35Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Diadochite8.DB.05Fe3+2(PO4)(SO4)(OH) · 5H2O
Fluorapatite8.BN.05Ca5(PO4)3F

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:2
Bornite2.5.2.1Cu5FeS4
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Cinnabar2.8.14.1HgS
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
Cubanite2.9.13.1CuFe2S3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
3 <ø < 4
Tetrahedrite3.3.6.1Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
ø = 3
Bournonite3.4.3.2PbCuSbS3
2.5 < ø < 3
Boulangerite3.5.2.1Pb5Sb4S11
2 < ø < 2.49
Cannizzarite3.6.5.1Pb48Bi56S132
Semseyite3.6.20.4Pb9Sb8S21
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Magnesite14.1.1.2MgCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Smithsonite14.1.1.6ZnCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Azurite16a.2.1.1Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Melanterite29.6.10.1Fe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Group 41 - ANHYDROUS PHOSPHATES, ETC.CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
A5(XO4)3Zq
Fluorapatite41.8.1.1Ca5(PO4)3F
Group 43 - COMPOUND PHOSPHATES, ETC.
Hydrated Compound Phosphates, etc·, Containing Hydroxyl or Halogen
Diadochite43.5.2.1Fe3+2(PO4)(SO4)(OH) · 5H2O
Group 44 - ANTIMONATES
A2X2O6(O,OH,F)
'Bindheimite'44.1.1.2Pb2Sb2O6O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
H DiadochiteFe23+(PO4)(SO4)(OH) · 5H2O
H MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
CCarbon
C SideriteFeCO3
C MagnesiteMgCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C CalciteCaCO3
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C SmithsoniteZnCO3
C AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
OOxygen
O SideriteFeCO3
O QuartzSiO2
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O MagnesiteMgCO3
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O BaryteBaSO4
O CalciteCaCO3
O BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O SmithsoniteZnCO3
O AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
O FluorapatiteCa5(PO4)3F
O DiadochiteFe23+(PO4)(SO4)(OH) · 5H2O
O MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
FFluorine
F FluorapatiteCa5(PO4)3F
MgMagnesium
Mg MagnesiteMgCO3
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
PPhosphorus
P FluorapatiteCa5(PO4)3F
P DiadochiteFe23+(PO4)(SO4)(OH) · 5H2O
SSulfur
S BournonitePbCuSbS3
S SphaleriteZnS
S BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
S TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S PyriteFeS2
S SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
S GalenaPbS
S BaryteBaSO4
S CannizzaritePb48Bi56S132
S BorniteCu5FeS4
S CinnabarHgS
S CubaniteCuFe2S3
S DiadochiteFe23+(PO4)(SO4)(OH) · 5H2O
S MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
CaCalcium
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca FluorapatiteCa5(PO4)3F
FeIron
Fe SideriteFeCO3
Fe TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe BorniteCu5FeS4
Fe CubaniteCuFe2S3
Fe DiadochiteFe23+(PO4)(SO4)(OH) · 5H2O
Fe MelanteriteFe2+(H2O)6SO4 · H2O
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
CuCopper
Cu BournonitePbCuSbS3
Cu TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Cu BorniteCu5FeS4
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Cu CubaniteCuFe2S3
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Zn SmithsoniteZnCO3
SbAntimony
Sb BournonitePbCuSbS3
Sb BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
Sb TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Sb SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
Sb BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
HgMercury
Hg CinnabarHgS
PbLead
Pb BournonitePbCuSbS3
Pb BoulangeritePb5Sb4S11
Pb SemseyitePb9Sb8S21
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb CannizzaritePb48Bi56S132
Pb BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
BiBismuth
Bi CannizzaritePb48Bi56S132

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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Jurassic
145 - 201.3 Ma



ID: 3185222
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Jurassic (145 - 201.3 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]

Early Jurassic
174.1 - 201.3 Ma



ID: 3149938
mostly detrital deposit

Age: Early Jurassic (174.1 - 201.3 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{sandstone}, Minor{siltstone,dolomite/dolostone,conglomerate}

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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Haudour, J. and Sarrot-Reynauld, J. (1954) Le bassin houiller de la Mure et ses minéraux.
Moore, T.P. (1989) Notes From Europe (Column) Bad Ems, Ste.-Marie and Rheinland-Pfalz Shows. Mineralogical Record, 20(6), 483-486.
Belot, Victor R. (1978) Guide des minéraux, coquillages et fossiles: où les trouver en France, comment les reconnaître et les collectionner (Guides Horay). Pierre Horay (Ed.), 224 pp.

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