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Ferrera Valley, Hinterrhein Valley, Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Switzerland

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Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe
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Locality type:Valley
Name(s) in local language(s):Val Ferrera (Ferreratal), Hinterrheintal, Graubünden (Grisons; Grischun; Grigioni), Schweiz (Suisse; Svizzera)

Ferrera Valley is a 10-km-long valley, between Schams and Avers, drained by the Avers Rhine (Averser Rhein or Averserrhein in German, Ragn da Ferrera in Romansh), the major southern affluent of the Hinterrhein (Posterior Rhine). The municipality of Ferrera coincides with the valley. It was formed on 1 January 2008 through the merger of the former municipalities of Ausserferrera (Farera in Romansh) and Innerferrea (Calantgil in Romansh).

Some metamorphosed Fe-Mn deposits are located in the valley, which name is due to its iron ore, mined in the Early Modern period. Iron smelters were erected near the villages of Ausserferrera and Innerfererra, and two roasting furnaces at Alp Sut Fuina. The "Schmelzra" (smelter) at the entrance of the valley, ca. 1.4 km from Ausserferrera, is now a cultural heritage site of the Canton of Graubünden.

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- Brugger, J. and Gieré, R. (1999) As, Sb, and Ce enrichment in minerals from a metamorphosed Fe-Mn deposit (Val Ferrera, Eastern Swiss Alps). Canadian Mineralogist: 37: 37-52.
- Brugger, J. and Gieré, R. (2000) Origin and distribution of some trace elements in metamorphosed Fe-Mn deposits, Val Ferrera, Eastern Swiss Alps. Canadian Mineralogist: 38: 1075-1101.

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