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Ferruginosa mine, Cabo de Palos Range, Cartagena, Murcia, Spaini
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Name(s) in local language(s):Mina Ferruginosa, Sierra del Cabo de Palos, Cartagena, Murcia, España
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 37° 36' 50'' North , 0° 43' 21'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 37.61410,-0.72262
GeoHash:G#: eyxmzx3y1
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Cala Reona701 (2018)0.6km
La Manga del Mar Menor10,000 (2018)3.1km
Atamaría30,000 (2018)7.6km
La Unión17,737 (2012)13.7km
Los Alcázares15,619 (2010)18.3km


The mines in the Cabo de Palos has been worked probably in Roman times. However, the documented mining history of this area begins in 1849.The “Ferruginosa” mine has its works located around the Cabezo de la Escucha. The works in which the minerals described have been found is about 150 meters NW of the top of the Cabezo. The primary mineralization was formed mainly by siderite which galena nodules and probably small amounts of pyrite and chalcopyrite. The mineralization is embedded in quartzite and black micachists with garnet, staurolite and chloritoid belonging to the Lower Alpujárride Mantle. The secondary minerals, scattered among the iron oxides, are halides and sulfates, formed by the alteration of the sulphides present in an environment rich in chloride.

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Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
Iberian PeninsulaPeninsula

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


26 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Anglesite
Formula: PbSO4
Atacamite
Formula: Cu2(OH)3Cl
Boleite
Formula: KPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Caracolite
Formula: Na3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
Celestine
Formula: SrSO4
Chalcophanite
Formula: (Zn,Fe,Mn)Mn3O7 · 3H2O
Chlorargyrite
Formula: AgCl
Coronadite
Formula: Pb(Mn4+6Mn3+2)O16
Cotunnite
Formula: PbCl2
Galena
Formula: PbS
Glauberite
Formula: Na2Ca(SO4)2
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Halite
Formula: NaCl
Jarosite
Formula: KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Lesukite
Formula: Al2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Natrojarosite
Formula: NaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6
Paratacamite
Formula: Cu3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2
Penfieldite
Formula: Pb2Cl3(OH)
Pyrolusite
Formula: Mn4+O2
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Sideronatrite
Formula: Na2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Sulphur
Formula: S8

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Sulphur1.CC.05S8
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 3 - Halides
Atacamite3.DA.10aCu2(OH)3Cl
Boleite3.DB.15KPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Chlorargyrite3.AA.15AgCl
Cotunnite3.DC.85PbCl2
Halite3.AA.20NaCl
Lesukite3.BD.10Al2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
Paratacamite3.DA.10cCu3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2
Penfieldite3.DC.15Pb2Cl3(OH)
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chalcophanite4.FL.20(Zn,Fe,Mn)Mn3O7 · 3H2O
Coronadite4.DK.05aPb(Mn4+6Mn3+2)O16
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Pyrolusite4.DB.05Mn4+O2
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Anglesite7.AD.35PbSO4
Caracolite7.BD.20Na3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
Celestine7.AD.35SrSO4
Glauberite7.AD.25Na2Ca(SO4)2
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Jarosite7.BC.10KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Natrojarosite7.BC.10NaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6
Sideronatrite7.DF.20Na2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Semi-metals and non-metals
Sulphur1.3.5.1S8
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
AX2
Pyrolusite4.4.1.4Mn4+O2
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB3X7
Chalcophanite7.8.2.1(Zn,Fe,Mn)Mn3O7 · 3H2O
AB8X16
Coronadite7.9.1.4Pb(Mn4+6Mn3+2)O16
Group 9 - NORMAL HALIDES
AX
Chlorargyrite9.1.4.1AgCl
Halite9.1.1.1NaCl
AX2
Cotunnite9.2.7.1PbCl2
Group 10 - OXYHALIDES AND HYDROXYHALIDES
A2(O,OH)3Xq
Atacamite10.1.1.1Cu2(OH)3Cl
Paratacamite10.1.2.1Cu3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2
A2(O,OH)Xq
Penfieldite10.4.1.1Pb2Cl3(OH)
AmBn(O,OH)pXq
Boleite10.6.6.1KPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 28 - ANHYDROUS ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4
Anglesite28.3.1.3PbSO4
Celestine28.3.1.2SrSO4
Miscellaneous
Glauberite28.4.2.1Na2Ca(SO4)2
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)2(XO4)Zq
Jarosite30.2.5.1KFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
(AB)5(XO4)3Zq
Caracolite30.3.2.1Na3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
Group 31 - HYDRATED SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)3(XO4)2Zq·xH2O
Sideronatrite31.8.3.1Na2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Lesukite-Al2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
Natrojarosite-NaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
H AtacamiteCu2(OH)3Cl
H NatrojarositeNaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6
H BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
H SideronatriteNa2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O
H ParatacamiteCu3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2
H LesukiteAl2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
H PenfielditePb2Cl3(OH)
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H Chalcophanite(Zn,Fe,Mn)Mn3O7 · 3H2O
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
CCarbon
C SideriteFeCO3
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
OOxygen
O JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
O AtacamiteCu2(OH)3Cl
O CaracoliteNa3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
O NatrojarositeNaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6
O BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
O SideronatriteNa2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O
O SideriteFeCO3
O QuartzSiO2
O ParatacamiteCu3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2
O LesukiteAl2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
O PenfielditePb2Cl3(OH)
O PyrolusiteMn4+O2
O CoronaditePb(Mn64+Mn23+)O16
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O Chalcophanite(Zn,Fe,Mn)Mn3O7 · 3H2O
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O GlauberiteNa2Ca(SO4)2
O CelestineSrSO4
O AnglesitePbSO4
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
NaSodium
Na CaracoliteNa3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
Na NatrojarositeNaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6
Na HaliteNaCl
Na SideronatriteNa2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O
Na GlauberiteNa2Ca(SO4)2
AlAluminium
Al LesukiteAl2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
S CaracoliteNa3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
S NatrojarositeNaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6
S SideronatriteNa2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O
S SphaleriteZnS
S GalenaPbS
S SulphurS8
S GlauberiteNa2Ca(SO4)2
S CelestineSrSO4
S AnglesitePbSO4
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
ClChlorine
Cl CotunnitePbCl2
Cl AtacamiteCu2(OH)3Cl
Cl CaracoliteNa3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
Cl HaliteNaCl
Cl BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Cl ParatacamiteCu3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2
Cl LesukiteAl2Cl(OH)5 · 2H2O
Cl PenfielditePb2Cl3(OH)
Cl ChlorargyriteAgCl
KPotassium
K JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
K BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
CaCalcium
Ca GlauberiteNa2Ca(SO4)2
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
MnManganese
Mn PyrolusiteMn4+O2
Mn CoronaditePb(Mn64+Mn23+)O16
Mn Chalcophanite(Zn,Fe,Mn)Mn3O7 · 3H2O
FeIron
Fe JarositeKFe3+ 3(SO4)2(OH)6
Fe NatrojarositeNaFe3(SO4)2(OH)6
Fe SideronatriteNa2Fe(SO4)2(OH) · 3H2O
Fe SideriteFeCO3
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe Chalcophanite(Zn,Fe,Mn)Mn3O7 · 3H2O
CuCopper
Cu AtacamiteCu2(OH)3Cl
Cu BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Cu ParatacamiteCu3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn ParatacamiteCu3(Cu,Zn)(OH)6Cl2
Zn Chalcophanite(Zn,Fe,Mn)Mn3O7 · 3H2O
SrStrontium
Sr CelestineSrSO4
AgSilver
Ag BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Ag ChlorargyriteAgCl
PbLead
Pb CotunnitePbCl2
Pb CaracoliteNa3Pb2(SO4)3Cl
Pb BoleiteKPb26Ag9Cu24(OH)48Cl62
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb PenfielditePb2Cl3(OH)
Pb CoronaditePb(Mn64+Mn23+)O16
Pb AnglesitePbSO4

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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Quaternary - Neogene
0 - 23.03 Ma



ID: 3136507
Neogene conglomerate

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 23.03 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{conglomerate}, Minor{sand,mud}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

Miocene
5.333 - 23.03 Ma



ID: 3186176
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Miocene (5.333 - 23.03 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Triassic
201.3 - 251.902 Ma



ID: 2500602

Age: Triassic (201.3 - 251.902 Ma)

Description: Gneiss, migmatite, mica schist, schist, phyllite, marble, limestone, and dolomite (M. Alpujárride)

Comments: Alboran block

Lithology: Mica schist, phyllite, sandstone, marble, limestone, dolomite and marl

Reference: Mapa Geológico de la Península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias a escala 1:1.000.000. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. [77]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Rewitzer, C., Calvo, M. Hochleitner, R., and Utrera, C. (2018). Cotunnite, caracolite, sideronatrite and other rare secondary minerals in the "Ferruginosa" mine, Cabo de Palos, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain. Mineral Up, 5 (1), 66-79.
Rewitzer, C., Calvo Rebollar, M., Hochleitner, R., and Utrera Martín, C. (2018). Cotunnita, caracolita, sideronatrita y otros minerales secundarios raros en la mina "Ferruginosa", Cabo de Palos, Cartagena, Murcia. Revista de Minerales, 6 (6), 66-79.
Rosell, J., Morales, M., Martinez, M.D. (2017): Sideronatrita de las minas del Cabo de Palos, Murcia. Paleomina, 8:46-49.


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