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Vilanova de la Sal Saltworks, Les Avellanes i Santa Linya, Lleida (Lérida), Catalonia, Spain

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 53' 24'' North , 0° 47' 40'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 41.89023,0.79445
GeoHash:G#: sp2w61fs2
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Salines de Vilanova de la Sal

The saltworks are located next to the LV9045 road, which connects the village of Vilanova de la Sal with the railway station of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Camarasa reservoir. It is 1.7 km from Vilanova de la Sal and about 2 km from the old village of Privà.

Access to the saltworks is from a path that crosses the jumping of the ravine where the salt water left over from the process of obtaining the salt goes. The saltworks occupy a space of about 3,000 m².

The pools or areas where the water evaporates to obtain salt are arranged in a staggered manner. Workers deposited a few centimeters of salt water that was allowed to evaporate and then salt was collected. These rafts have undergone transformations and only in some of them, the base made with large stone slabs is preserved.

The saltworks of Vilanova de la Sal stopped working at the end of the 1970's.
The saltworks are currently (and have been for the last few years) owned by the Ascalfò association. You must ask the owner permission for a visit to the saltworks (see link below).

Otherwise, access is strictly prohibited.

Regions containing this locality

Iberian Peninsula

Peninsula - 1,540 mineral species & varietal names listed

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

3 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Carles Manresa
Dolomite var: Teruelite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Carles Manresa
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: Carles Manresa
Formula: NaCl
Reference: Joan Rosell

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 3 - Halides
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
var: Teruelite5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
'Gypsum'7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
var: Teruelite

List of minerals for each chemical element

H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C Dolomite (var: Teruelite)CaMg(CO3)2
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O Dolomite (var: Teruelite)CaMg(CO3)2
Na HaliteNaCl
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Mg Dolomite (var: Teruelite)CaMg(CO3)2
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Cl HaliteNaCl
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca Dolomite (var: Teruelite)CaMg(CO3)2

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.

Click on geological units on the map for more information. Click here to view full-screen map on Macrostrat.org

Early Cretaceous
100.5 - 145 Ma

ID: 3187706
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Early Cretaceous (100.5 - 145 Ma)

Comments: Cantabrian Orogen

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]

Late Triassic
201.3 - 237 Ma

ID: 3110197
Triassic sedimentary rocks

Age: Late Triassic (201.3 - 237 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Pont de Suert Formation

Description: Lutites, guixos i carnioles. Formació el Pont de Suert. Triàsic superior. English: Mudstone, gypsum and carnioles. Pont de Suert Formation. Upper triassic

Reference: Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya. Mapa geològic comarcal de Catalunya 1:50.000. Generalitat de Catalunya. [140]

Late Triassic - Middle Triassic
201.3 - 247.2 Ma

ID: 2513105

Age: Triassic (201.3 - 247.2 Ma)

Description: Variegated clay and gypsum

Lithology: Conglomerate, sandstone, limestone, gypsum and variegated clay

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

201.3 - 251.902 Ma

ID: 3143368

Age: Triassic (201.3 - 251.902 Ma)

Description: salt diapirism

Lithology: Major:{mud}, Minor{sandstone,dolomite/dolostone,evaporites}

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]

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

External Links

http://ascalfo.cat (Saltworks association info (visit reservation details)).
https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salines_de_Vilanova_de_la_Sal (Info about these saltworks).
https://issuu.com/minercat/docs/cr__nica_de_la_noguera (GMC visiting Saltworks and ophite outcrops).

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