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Beauvoir quarry, Échassières, Ébreuil, Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 46° 10' 44'' North , 2° 57' 14'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 46.178938, 2.953874
Name(s) in local language(s):Carrière de Beauvoir, Échassières, Ébreuil, Allier, Auvergne, France
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Auvergne; Rhône-Alpes

Active, huge kaolinite quarry in albite-lepidolite granite ('Beauvoir granite'), albitites and greisens. Located NW of the La Bosse mine, about 2 km ESE of Échassières.

The mineralogy is similar to that of the nearby Les Montmins Mine, except that arsenates are extremely rare in the quarry.
Excellent wavellite, variscite and plumbogummite come from here.

Access is prohibited (only during working hours?).

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83 valid minerals.

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De Rosen, A. (1965): Évolution continue d'un massif granitique et succession minérale: le massif des Colettes (Échassières, Allier). Première partie: Granites et micaschistes. Bulletin de la Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie, 88, 678-687.

De Rosen, A. (1966): Évolution continue d'un massif granitique et succession minérale: le massif des Colettes (Échassières, Allier). Deuxième partie: filons, altérations et minéralisations. Bulletin de la Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie, 89, 155-176.

Rucheng Wang, Monchoux, P., and Fontan, F. (1991): Zoning in columbite crystals from the Beauvoir granite, Massif Central, France: types, composition and constraints on their formation. Acta Mineralogica Sinica 11(3), 225-233 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Rucheng Wang, Fontan, F., and Monchoux, P. (1994): Study on Pyrochlore-Group Minerals from the Beauvoir Granite, France. Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica 13(2) (in Chinese with English abstract).

Raimbeault, L., Cuney, M., Azencott, C., Duthou, J.-L. & Joron, J. L. (1995): Geochemical evidence for a multistage magmatic genesis of Ta-Sn-Li mineralization in the granite at Beauvoir, French Massif Central. Economic Geology, 90, 548-576.

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