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Chete-Canete area, Villa di Chiavenna, Bregaglia Valley, Valchiavenna, Sondrio Province, Lombardy, Italy

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° 19' 34'' North , 9° 30' 45'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 46.3261111111, 9.5125
Name(s) in local language(s):Area di Chete-Canete, Villa di Chiavenna, Val Bregaglia, Valchiavenna, Provincia di Sondrio, Lombardia, Italia
Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe

Quartz veins in mica schists on the northern slope of Monte Congen, between the villages of Chete and Canete.

Andalusite crystals and associated minerals are found in quartz at the vein outcrops and in the blocks scatterd in woods and grasslands.

There are two main mineral sites, both near the road to Canete, in the woods along the slope of Monte Congen. Coordinates:
- first site N 46 . 19. 344 E 9 . 30 . 453
- second site N 46 . 19 . 432 E 9 . 30 . 417
To rich these sites from the town of Villa di Chiavenna, drive towards the Swiss border. At the junction near the dam of "Pian della Ca", turn left, cross the bridge of the dam and continue towards the hamlet of Santa Barnaba; then follow the signs to the village of Canete.

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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Metamorphe Gesteine, meist Metasedimente

Age: Anthropocene ( Ma)

Lithology: Gneiss and mica schist

Reference: Geological Institute. Geological Map of Switzerland 1:500,000. isbn: 3906723399. University of Bern. [49]

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- Bossi G. (1978): I minerali della Val Chiavenna. Minerama, 3, 1, 20-22.
- Chiappa G. (1984): Minerali in Val Chiavenna. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 8, 2 (2-1994, 66-67.
- Bedogné F., Montrasio A., Sciesa E. (1995): I minerali della provincia di Sondrio e della Bregaglia grigionese. Val Bregaglia, Val Masino, Val Codera e Valle Spluga. Bettini, Sondrio, 300 pp.
- Monistier G. (2004): Non solo pegmatite. In: Val Bregaglia: nel regno del granito. Riv. Mineral. Ital., 28, 3 (3-2004), 154- 155.

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