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Aizpea Mines, Zerain, Guipúzcoa (Gipuzkoa), Basque Country, Spaini
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Aizpea MinesGroup of Mines
Zerain- not defined -
Guipúzcoa (Gipuzkoa)- not defined -
Basque CountryAutonomous Community
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View looking south from above the Aizpea furnaces

Aizpea Mines, Zerain, Guipúzcoa, Basque Country, Spain
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A view eastward from "Iron mountai" Aizpea

Aizpea Mines, Zerain, Guipúzcoa, Basque Country, Spain
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View looking south from above the Aizpea furnaces

Aizpea Mines, Zerain, Guipúzcoa, Basque Country, Spain
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A view eastward from "Iron mountai" Aizpea

Aizpea Mines, Zerain, Guipúzcoa, Basque Country, Spain
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View looking south from above the Aizpea furnaces

Aizpea Mines, Zerain, Guipúzcoa, Basque Country, Spain
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A view eastward from "Iron mountai" Aizpea

Aizpea Mines, Zerain, Guipúzcoa, Basque Country, Spain
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
43° 0' 54'' North , 2° 18' 2'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Group of Mines
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Mutiloa154 (2012)2.4km
Segura1,234 (2012)3.9km
Idiazabal2,174 (2012)5.5km
Olaberria930 (2012)8.0km
Zumarraga10,104 (2012)8.3km
Name(s) in local language(s):
Minas de Aizpea, Zerain, Guipúzcoa (Gipuzkoa), Euskadi (País Vasco), España


A lead zinc and iron deposit formed in a MSV type deposit in Cretaceous limestones. The deposit was mined cheifly for its iron ores from the eleventh century until 1951. First oxides of iron were mined and then later subterranean galleries mined siderite. There are many galleries and a least one open mine mined in the hill called "Iron Mountain or Montaña de Hierro¨, which is above the iron furnaces. Guided tours are available through Aizpitta Centro de Interpretacion de las Minas de Aizpea.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


10 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Baryte
Formula: BaSO4
Description: In this locality, large colorless, transparent crystals of barite have been found, up to 12 cm in size, occasionally with inclusions of pyrite microcrystals
Reference: Calvo, Miguel. (2014). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. VI. Sulfatos (Seleniatos, Teluratos), Cromatos, Molibdatos y Wolframatos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 653 págs.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Jordi Fabre
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Jordi Fabre
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Jordi Fabre
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Calvo, M., Gascón, F. and Cavia, J.M. (1993) Minerales de las Comunidades Autónomas del País Vasco y Navarra. Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Álava. 156 pp.
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Fred Schuster photo
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: Calvo, M. (2015). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. VII. Fosfatos, Arseniatos y Vanadatos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 479 págs.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Jordi Fabre
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: Calvo, M. (2012): Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. V, Carbonatos y Nitratos. Boratos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid - Fundación Gómez Pardo. 711 pp.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Jordi Fabre

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Dolomite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Baryte7.AD.35BaSO4

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 = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Baryte28.3.1.1BaSO4
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 MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
CCarbon
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C CalciteCaCO3
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C SideriteFeCO3
OOxygen
O BaryteBaSO4
O QuartzSiO2
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O CalciteCaCO3
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O SideriteFeCO3
MgMagnesium
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S BaryteBaSO4
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
S GalenaPbS
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe SideriteFeCO3
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
BaBarium
Ba BaryteBaSO4
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

References

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Calvo, M., Gascón, F. and Cavia, J.M. (1993) Minerales de las Comunidades Autónomas del País Vasco y Navarra. Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Álava. 156 pp.
Calvo, M. (2012): Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. V, Carbonatos y Nitratos. Boratos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid - Fundación Gómez Pardo. 711 pp.
Calvo, Miguel. (2014). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. VI. Sulfatos (Seleniatos, Teluratos), Cromatos, Molibdatos y Wolframatos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 653 págs.

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