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Ploaghe, Sassari Province, Sardinia, Italy

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Location is approximate, based on center of defined region.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 40° North , 8° East (est.)
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Name(s) in local language(s):Ploaghe, Provincia di Sassari, Sardegna, Italia

The municipal territory of Ploaghe mainly consists of Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene volcanics and Miocene sedimentary rocks of the Sardinian Rift (also known as Fossa Sarda rift system).

The Miocene volcanic rocks are part of the Anglona volcanic district [see http://www.mindat.org/loc-248294.html] and form various fields, located east, north, and north-west of Ploaghe. They consist of domes of porphyritic andesite lavas, basaltic andesite lava flows, welded rhyolitic ignimbrites, and pyroclastic flow deposits.

The Plio-Pleistocene volcanic rocks consist of alkaline basalts and near the village of Ploaghe form a E-W trending belt, which culminates in Monte San Matteo (481 m a.s.l.).

Volcanics rocks, mainly as road building material, have been excavated at numerous quarries, active (Fiorosu, Funtanedda Ulumu, and Santa Giulia) and abandoned (Buredda, Meraja, Monte Perucci-Selvani, Serras, etc.).

Wood opal has been found to west of Ploaghe, towards Bagni di San Martino, at the contact between ignimbrites and calcareous rocks (Barelli, 1835; La Marmora, 1857; Jervis, 1881).

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- Barelli V. (1835): Cenni di statistica mineralogica degli Stati di S.M. il Re di Sardegna, ovvero Catalogo ragionato della raccolta formatasi presso l'Azienda Generale dell'Interno. Tipografia Giuseppe Fodratti, Torino, 686 pp.
- La Marmora A. [Della Marmora A.; Ferrero della Marmora A.] (1857): Voyage en Sardaigne, ou description statistique, physique et politique de cette île, avec des recherches sur ses productions naturelles et ses antiquités. Troisième partie. Description géologique. Fratelli Bocca, Torino, Veuve Arthus Bertrand, Paris, Tome I (XX + 706 pp.), Tome II (780 pp.).
- Jervis G. (1881): I tesori sotterranei dell'Italia. Vol. 3: Regioni delle Isole. Sardegna e Sicilia. Addenda ai precedenti volumi. Loescher, Torino, XXII+539 pp.
- Morett A., Perno U. (1950): L'apparato vulcanico del Monte S. Matteo e la sua colata basaltica (Coloru) nella Sardegna settentrionale. Boll. Serv. geol. d'Italia, 72, 1, 85-99.
- Conti-Vecchi G., Stara P. (1991): Minerali della Sardegna. Edizioni Della Torre, Cagliari, 276 pp.
- Gamboni A., Cuccuru S., Carta M. (2015): I minerali della cava Funtanedda Ulumu, Ploaghe, Sassari, Sardegna. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 39, 1 (1/2015), 18-32.

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