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Plains of Arenalejos, Carratraca, Málaga, Andalusia, Spaini
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Plains of Arenalejos- not defined -
AndalusiaAutonomous Community

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
36° North , 4° West (est.)
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Name(s) in local language(s):
Llanos de Arenalejos

Granoblastic whitish dolomitic marble where subvertical joints are filled by limonite after Pyrite. Bedrock joints are rather thin, ranging in aperture between 0.2 to 1.5cm thus Limonite crystals are slightly platy. Joints are normally wide spacing therefore mineralization zones are limited.
The weathering process across the joints reduces the quality of crystals faces. The sizes of crystals can reach up to 7cm, turning in so attractive aggregates of cubic crystals in a tree-shaped growing.

A low angle shear zone resulted close to the site, generating a decomposed marble. A lower unit of garnet gneis (kinzigite) crops out on the neighbourhood .

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

3 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Brucite ?
Formula: Mg(OH)2
Reference: Romero Silva , J.C (2003). Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. 318 pp
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Romero Silva , J.C (2003). Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. 318 pp
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Norman King
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: Calvo, Miguel. (2009). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. IV. Óxidos e hidróxidos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 751 págs.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Brucite ?4.FE.05Mg(OH)2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Brucite ?
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.

List of minerals for each chemical element

H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H BruciteMg(OH)2
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O BruciteMg(OH)2
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Mg BruciteMg(OH)2
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)


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Calero Molina, J. (2014): Genesemodell und Beschreibung der Mineralisationen der Limonit-pseudomorphosen nach Pyrit von Carratraca-Ardales, Malaga. -MINERALIEN-Welt 26 (5)
Bode Verlag GmbH
Calvo, Miguel. (2009). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol. IV. Óxidos e hidróxidos. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas de Madrid. Fundación Gómez Pardo. 751 págs.
Romero Silva,J.C (2003). Minerales y Rocas de la provincia de Málaga. Edited by CEDMA. Málaga County Council. 318 pp.

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