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Templeuve Quarry, Lille, Nord, Hauts-de-France, France

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 31' 38'' North , 3° 10' 33'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.52722,3.17583
Other regions containing this locality:Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Carrière d'argile de Templeuve
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Small quarry located on the town of Templeuve, 20 km southeast of Lille. Exploitation of clay products, used for making bricks. The clay is arranged in layers of varied nature. The following minerals can be encountered:
- gypsum
- oolithes of Glaucon
- Rarely, small nodules of iron sulfide
The most beautiful gypsum crystals were found in black plastic clay in the years 1975/1980. These black clays were exploited in the eastern part of the quarry (now lost). Access to the site is strictly prohibited without permission from management.

Petite carrière localisée sur la commune de Templeuve, 20km au sud est de Lille. Exploitation d’argile pour fabrication de briques. Les couches argileuses sont disposées en strates de nature variées. Les minéraux rencontrés sont peux nombreux:
- Le gypse
- Des oolithes de glauconie
- Rarement, de petits nodules de sulfure de fer sans cristallisation exprimée.
Les plus beaux cristaux de gypse on été rencontrés dans des argiles plastiques noires dans les années 75 /80.
Ces argiles noires étaient exploitées dans la partie est de la carrière ( aujourd’hui noyée )
L’accès au site est formellement interdit sans l’autorisation de la direction.
Templeuve : code 59242
Latitude Nord 50.533333
Longitude (-O /+E) (3.166667

Mineral List

1 valid mineral.

Regional Geology

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23.03 - 66 Ma

ID: 1379435
Paleogene sedimentary rocks

Age: Paleogene (23.03 - 66 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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Jean-Marie Claude (personal collecting trips to the quarry in 1976 to 1980).

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