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Brusimpiano, Lake Lugano, Varese Province, Lombardy, Italy

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Location is approximate, based on center of defined region.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° North , 8° East (est.)
Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe
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Name(s) in local language(s):Brusimpiano, Lago di Lugano, Provincia di Varese, Lombardia, Italia

Pb-Zn-Cu mineralization in baryte-fluorite veins in Permian granophyre, SW of Brusimpiano. A lead mine has been intermittently operating from 1859 to 1865.

A short prospecting adit and some trenches were excavated ("Roncate" prospecting permit) in the period 1953-1954 on the right side of Rio Trallo, at an elevation of 325 m a.s.l. Some samples, consisting of arsenopyrite-löllingite nodules with alteration minerals, were collected at the beginning of the nineties from a fault near the top of the prospect workings. These workings are no longer accessible due to a landslide; a retaining wall with a rock protection net is nowadays the only identificative element of this site.

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Francfort, E. (1859): Relazione del 22 Giugno 1858 e rapporto del 1 Gennaio 1859 sulla miniera di galena argentifera di Brusimpiano - Provincia di Como in Lombardia. Tipografia Vercellini, Pallanza, 14 pp. + 4 tav.
Jervis, G. (1873): I tesori sotterranei dell'Italia. Vol. 1: Regioni delle Alpi. Ed. Loescher, Torino, 410 pp.
Köppel, V. (1966): Die Vererzungen im insubrischen Kristallin des Malcantone (Tessin). Beiträge Geol. Schweiz, Geotechn. Ser. 40, 123 pp.
Baratti, L., Di Colbertaldo, D. (1969): Il giacimento di piombo argentifero di Brusimpiano (Varese). Rend. Ist. Lombardo Sci. Lett., 103, 346-371.
Candela, A. (2008): Ricerche di archeologia mineraria nell'area occidentale delle Prealpi Lombarde: scenari di conservazione e riqualificazione del "paesaggio culturale". Archeologia Postmedievale, 12, 67-96.
Gentile, P., Vignola, P. (2012): Gli arseniati di Brusimpiano (VA). Riv. Mineral. Ital., 36, 3 (3-2012), 158-164.

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