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El Sapo, Álora, Málaga, Andalusia, Spaini
Regional Level Types
El SapoMine (Inactive)
ÁloraMunicipality
MálagaProvince
AndalusiaAutonomous Community
SpainCountry

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Main Shaft at Puerto Banaero.

El Sapo, Álora, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
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General view. Dumping places in the forest

El Sapo, Álora, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
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Main Shaft at Puerto Banaero.

El Sapo, Álora, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
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General view. Dumping places in the forest

El Sapo, Álora, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° North , 4° West (est.)
Estimate based on other nearby localities or region boundaries.
Margin of Error:
~10km
Locality type:
Mine (Inactive) - last checked 2018
Other/historical names associated with this locality:
Mina El Sapo, Sierra de Aguas, Álora, Málaga, Andalucía, España


Nickeline-chromite pockets and nodules in felsic quartz-feldspar veins with red phlogopite (chromium-bearing wonesite) and magnesium carbonates included in lherzolitic type peridotites. The ores embedded on felsic dykes were forming a "rosario shape" as miners dialect.
The district was mined during the stage 1940-1950 consequently and running in parallel with the Jarales district. The ore mineral was conducted to the local road between Alora-Carratraca.

The site was pervasive mined following a stepped system in the mountain with horizontal adits, connected with a vertical shaft at the head of the El Sapo Puerto, currently collapsed.

Currently the visit to the site is feasible following a clear upward pathway which is crossing all the different levels of mining activities. The collection of samples are rather difficult.

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Standard Detailed Gallery Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


13 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Albite
Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).
'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Reference: Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
Dumortierite
Formula: (Al,Fe3+)7(SiO4)3(BO3)O3
Reference: Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).
Ilmenite
Formula: Fe2+TiO3
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
Löllingite
Formula: FeAs2
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
Magnesite
Formula: MgCO3
Reference: Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).
Maucherite
Formula: Ni11As8
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
Népouite
Formula: (Ni,Mg)3(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).
Nickeline
Formula: NiAs
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
Phlogopite
Formula: KMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Reference: Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).
'Pimelite'
Formula: Ni3Si4O10(OH)2·4H2O
Reference: Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe1-xS
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
'Smectite Group'
Formula: A0.3D2-3[T4O10]Z2 · nH2O
Reference: Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).
Westerveldite
Formula: (Fe,Ni,Co)As
Reference: Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.

Gallery:

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Löllingite2.EB.15aFeAs2
Maucherite2.AB.15Ni11As8
Nickeline2.CC.05NiAs
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe1-xS
Westerveldite2.CC.15(Fe,Ni,Co)As
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Magnesite5.AB.05MgCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Albite9.FA.35Na(AlSi3O8)
Dumortierite9.AJ.10(Al,Fe3+)7(SiO4)3(BO3)O3
Népouite9.ED.15(Ni,Mg)3(Si2O5)(OH)4
Phlogopite9.EC.20KMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Pimelite'-Ni3Si4O10(OH)2·4H2O
'Smectite Group'-A0.3D2-3[T4O10]Z2 · nH2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Nickeline2.8.11.1NiAs
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe1-xS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Löllingite2.12.2.9FeAs2
Miscellaneous
Maucherite2.16.16.1Ni11As8
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Ilmenite4.3.5.1Fe2+TiO3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Magnesite14.1.1.2MgCO3
Group 54 - NESOSILICATES Borosilicates and Some Beryllosilicates
Borosilicates and Some Beryllosilicates with (BO3)
Dumortierite54.1.2.1(Al,Fe3+)7(SiO4)3(BO3)O3
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 1:1 layers
Népouite71.1.2b.3(Ni,Mg)3(Si2O5)(OH)4
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Phlogopite71.2.2b.1KMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 clays
'Pimelite'71.3.1b.5Ni3Si4O10(OH)2·4H2O
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Albite76.1.3.1Na(AlSi3O8)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-
'Smectite Group'-A0.3D2-3[T4O10]Z2 · nH2O
Westerveldite-(Fe,Ni,Co)As

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H PhlogopiteKMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
H Smectite GroupA0.3D2-3[T4O10]Z2 · nH2O
H Népouite(Ni,Mg)3(Si2O5)(OH)4
H PimeliteNi3Si4O10(OH)2·4H2O
BBoron
B Dumortierite(Al,Fe3+)7(SiO4)3(BO3)O3
CCarbon
C MagnesiteMgCO3
OOxygen
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O MagnesiteMgCO3
O PhlogopiteKMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
O AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
O Smectite GroupA0.3D2-3[T4O10]Z2 · nH2O
O Népouite(Ni,Mg)3(Si2O5)(OH)4
O PimeliteNi3Si4O10(OH)2·4H2O
O Dumortierite(Al,Fe3+)7(SiO4)3(BO3)O3
NaSodium
Na AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
MgMagnesium
Mg MagnesiteMgCO3
Mg PhlogopiteKMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Mg Népouite(Ni,Mg)3(Si2O5)(OH)4
AlAluminium
Al PhlogopiteKMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Al AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Al Dumortierite(Al,Fe3+)7(SiO4)3(BO3)O3
SiSilicon
Si PhlogopiteKMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
Si AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Si Népouite(Ni,Mg)3(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si PimeliteNi3Si4O10(OH)2·4H2O
Si Dumortierite(Al,Fe3+)7(SiO4)3(BO3)O3
SSulfur
S PyrrhotiteFe1-xS
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
KPotassium
K PhlogopiteKMg3(AlSi3O10)(OH)2
TiTitanium
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe LöllingiteFeAs2
Fe Westerveldite(Fe,Ni,Co)As
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Fe PyrrhotiteFe1-xS
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe Dumortierite(Al,Fe3+)7(SiO4)3(BO3)O3
NiNickel
Ni NickelineNiAs
Ni MaucheriteNi11As8
Ni Népouite(Ni,Mg)3(Si2O5)(OH)4
Ni PimeliteNi3Si4O10(OH)2·4H2O
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
AsArsenic
As NickelineNiAs
As MaucheriteNi11As8
As LöllingiteFeAs2
As Westerveldite(Fe,Ni,Co)As

References

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Gervilla, F., Leblanc, M. (1980) Magmatic ores in high-temperature alpine-type lherzolite massifs (Ronda, Spain, and Beni Bousera, Morocco). Economic Geology, 85:1, 112-132.
Romero Silva, J.C. (2003) Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Published by CEDMA Málaga County council. 318 pages, 1map. (in Spanish).

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