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Spinazzola bauxite deposits, Murgetta Rossa, Spinazzola, Barletta-Andria-Trani Province, Apulia, Italy

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Name(s) in local language(s):Giacimenti di bauxite di Spinazzola, Murgetta Rossa, Spinazzola, Provincia di Barletta-Andria-Trani, Puglia, Italia

The Spinazzola bauxite deposits are located in the northern part of the Murge karst plateau. These pocket deposits, in which bauxite developed as vertical bodies filling deep canyon-like cavities bordered by steep walls, are grouped in the area Cavone-Murgetta Rossa, N-NW of Garagnone and NE of Spinazzola. More than ten bauxite pockets have been mined.

Bauxite was here discovered in 1935. The mining concession, granted to the company “Luca Nanna & C.” in 1948, was transferred in 1949 to the company “S.A.V.A.” (Società Alluminio Veneto per Azioni), which operated until 1978.

The Spinazzola bauxites are texturally and mineralogically homogeneous, and mainly consist of böhmite, with lesser amounts of hematite and kaolinite, and with minor anatase. Parisite-(Ce) is the only authigenic cerium mineral identified within these bauxites.

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10 valid minerals.

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- Crescenti U., Vighi L. (1964): Caratteristiche, genesi e stratigrafia dei depositi bauxitici cretacici del Gargano e delle Murge; cenni sulle argille con pisoliti bauxitiche del Salento (Puglie). Boll. Soc. Geol. It., 83, (1), 285-338.
- Bárdossy G., Boni M., Dall'Aglio M., D'Argenio B., Pantò G. (1977): Bauxites of peninsular Italy. Composition, origin and geotectonic significance. Monogr. Ser. Miner. Deposits, Issue 15. Gebrüder Bornträger, Berlin, Stuttgart, 1-61.
- Mongelli G. (1997): Ce-anomalies in the textural components of Upper Cretaceous karst bauxites from the Apulian Carbonate Platform (southern Italy). Chem. Geol., 140, 69-79.
- Mongelli G. (2002): Growth of hematite and boehmite in concretions from ancient karst bauxite: clue for past climate. Catena, 50, 43-51.
- Mongelli G., Acquafredda P. (1999): Ferruginous concretions in a Late Cretaceous karst bauxite: composition and conditions of formation. Chem. Geol., 158, 315-320.
- Mongelli G., Boni M., Buccione R., Sinisi R. (2014): Geochemistry of the Apulian karst bauxites (southern Italy): Chemical fractionation and parental affinities. Ore Geology Reviews, 63, 9-21.

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