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Santa Creu d'Olorda, Collserola mountain range, Barcelona city, Barcelonès, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 24' 56'' North , 2° 3' 25'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 41.41556,2.05694
Köppen climate type:Csa : Hot-summer Mediterranean climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Santa Creu d´Olorda, Serra de Collserola, Barcelona ciutat, Barcelonès, Barcelona, Catalunya (Cataluña), España
Other regions containing this locality:Iberian Peninsula

Santa Creu d’Olorda was an old and large township that disappeared in 1916 when it was divided into the current townships of Molins de Rei, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Cugat del Vallès and Sarrià (the latter eventually became part of Barcelona). Nowadays this name is only used for the Romanesque hermitage located close to Puig d’Olorda. However, Santa Creu D’Olorda is a classic mineral locality, which appear on the specimens of many private collections or museum and refers to specimens collected in the various mines, quarries and outcrops that belonged to this old township, which is now divided into four different villages.

From a geological point of view, the area includes outcrops of Silurian slates as well as limestones from Upper Silurian and Lower Devonian. The latter have undergone interesting overriding phenomena by stacking of klippes, which took place during the Hercynian orogeny.

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21 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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419.2 - 443.8 Ma

ID: 3083169
Silurian sedimentary rocks

Age: Silurian (419.2 - 443.8 Ma)

Description: Pissarres ampelítiques, fil·lites i sericites. Silurià. English: Slate, phyllite and sericite.

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

Late Cambrian - Early Cambrian
485.4 - 541 Ma

ID: 2511040

Age: Cambrian (485.4 - 541 Ma)

Description: Sandstone, slate, quartzite or limestone and conglomerate

Lithology: Quartzite, slate, sandstone and limestone

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

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Localities in this Region

  • Catalonia
    • Barcelona
      • Barcelonès

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Bareche, E. (2005): "Els minerals de Catalunya: segle XX". Grup Mineralògic Català & Institució Catalana d'Historia Natural. Barcelona. 269 pp.

Boletín Sociedad Española de Mineralogía 1998, 21(A): 156-157.

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