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El Soplao cave, La Florida mining area, Sierra de Arnero, Cantabria, Spain

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 43° 17' 44'' North , 4° 24' 37'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 43.29580,-4.41034
GeoHash:G#: ezsy79u2r
Other regions containing this locality:Iberian Peninsula
Locality type:Cave
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Cueva de El Soplao, Zona minera de La Florida, Sierra de Arnero, Cantabria, España


Large cave inside the La Florida mines, noted mainly by the eccentric aragonite concretions. Open to tourists.


Mineral List


7 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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Early Cretaceous
100.5 - 145 Ma



ID: 3187706
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Early Cretaceous (100.5 - 145 Ma)

Comments: Cantabrian Orogen

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 Cretaceous
100.5 - 145 Ma



ID: 3131945
Early Cretaceous sandstone

Age: Early Cretaceous (100.5 - 145 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{sandstone}, Minor{marl,limestone,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]

Triassic - Permian
201.3 - 298.9 Ma



ID: 2505691

Age: Phanerozoic (201.3 - 298.9 Ma)

Description: Conglomerate, sandstone, clay, limestone, dolomite and gypsum

Lithology: Conglomerate, sandstone, limestone, gypsum and variegated clay

Reference: Mapa Geológico de la Península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias a escala 1:1.000.000. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. [77]

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References

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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.
García, G., Palero, F. J.; Rabadán, J. and Hedrosa, M. (2007). Las minas de La Florida. Bocamina (20)
Lozano, R.P., Rossi,C., La Iglesia, A. y Matesanz, E. (2012). Zaccagnaite-3R, a new Zn-Al hydrotalcite polytype from El Soplao cave (Cantabria, Spain). American Mineralogist, 97, 513–523,
Rossi, C., Lozano, R.P., Isanta, N. y Hellstrom, J. (2010). Manganese stromatolites in caves: El Soplao (Cantabria, Spain). Geology, 38, 1119–1122.

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