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Molinello Mine, Graveglia Valley, Ne, Genova Province, Liguria, Italy

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 20' 43'' North , 9° 27' 32'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.34528,9.45889
Köppen climate type:Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Miniera di Molinello, Val Graveglia, Ne, Genova, Liguria, Italia

Small manganese mine famous for rare and unusual species of Mn, As, V and others.

Mineral List

81 valid minerals. 10 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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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66 - 145 Ma

ID: 1382365
Cretaceous sedimentary rocks

Age: Cretaceous (66 - 145 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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Del Caldo A., Moro C., Gramaccioli C.M., Boscardin M. (1973): Guida ai minerali. Fratelli Fabbri Editori, Milano, 208 pp.
Cortesogno, L., Lucchetti, G., Penco A.M. (1979): Le mineralizzazioni a manganese nei diaspri delle ofioliti liguri: mineralogia e genesi. Rendiconti Soc. Ital. Mineral. Petrol. 35, 151-197. (in Italian)
Marchesini M. (1999): Tronchi silicizzati: associazioni a rame, arsenico e vanadio. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 23, 2 (2/1999), 116-122.
Marchesini, M. & Pagano, R. (2001): The Val Graveglia manganese district, Liguria, Italy. The Mineralogical Record, 32, 349-379; 415.
Bracco, R. (2003): Lenoblite e altri aggiornamenti da Molinello. Notiziario di Mineralogia del Ferrania Club, 17, 5-6.
Basso, R., Cabella, R., Lucchetti, G., Martinelli, A., Palenzona, A. (2005): Vanadiocarpholite, Mn2+V3+Al(Si2O6)(OH)4, a new mineral from Molinello Mine, Northern Appennines, Italy. European Journal of Mineralogy, 17(3), 501-507.
Palenzona, A., Martinelli, A., Stuppini, M. (2006): Vanadiocarfolite. Una nuova specie da Molinello, Val Graveglia, Liguria orientale. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 30(1), 44-47.
Palenzona, A. & Martinelli, A. (2008). Soluzioni solide clinocloro-pennantite dalla Val Graveglia, Liguria Orientale. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 1/2008, 16-21.
Kolitsch, U., Lackner, E., Ciriotti, M. E. (2008): Lindbergite: primo ritrovamento italiano a Molinello. MICRO (UK report), 1/2008, 69-72.
Balestra, C., Bracco, R., Pozzi, A., Finello, G., Castellaro, F., Callegari, A.M., Boiocchi, M., Mills, S.J., Bindi, L., Carbone, C., Ciriotti, M.E. (2012): Coralloite, Paseroite e Bassoite: tre nuove specie in Liguria. Micro. 2/2012. 78-96.
Mills, S.J., Bindi, L., Cadoni, M., Kampf, A.R., Ciriotti, M.E., Ferraris, G. (2012): Paseroite, PbMn2+Mn2+,Fe2+)2(V5+,Ti,Fe3+,☐)18O38, a new member of the crichtonite group. European Journal of Mineralogy, 24, 1061-1067.
Bittarello E., Armellino G., Ambrino P., Ciriotti M.E. (2013): Barnesite: primo ritrovamento europeo. Micro, 11, 98-105.
Balestra C. (2014): Sistematica ligure 2014. Prie, 10, 35-37.
Lizza G. (2014): Tirolite a Molinello. Segnalazioni in breve. Prie, 10, 47-48.
Nagashima M., Armbruster T., Kolitsch U., Pettke T. (2014): The relation between Li <-> Na substitution and hydrogen bonding in five-periodic single-chain silicates nambulite and marsturite: A single-crystal X-ray study. American Mineralogist 99, 1462–1470.

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