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Pintor Mine, Nogueira do Cravo, Oliveira de Azeméis, Aveiro District, Portugal

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Name(s) in local language(s): Mina do Pintor, Nogueira do Cravo, Oliveira de Azeméis, Distrito de Aveiro, Portugal
As-W-Au mine (1875-1958).

Mining concession no. 261, registered on 30-03-1897
[and nos. 257 (?), 258 Lugar do Souto, registered on 26-03-1987]

This mine is included in the "Filão Metalífero das Beiras (1) " a quartz and feldspar vein with arsenopyrite. This vein was exploited for As and W, and to a less extent for Pb, Ag, Sn, Au and Cu by mid-1960. After the mining operations ended, the infrastructures were exclusively used for roasting the ore from other mining concessions - and also for treatment and polishing of ornamental stones. In 1995 the area was definitely abandoned.
Some studies refer this area as a system under stress, mainly because the Pintor stream and the Antuã river which are receiving acid drainage from the currently flooded galleries.

(1) FMB mines: Pintor, Telhadela, Cardeal de Cima, Palhal, Braçal, Carvalhal & Talhadas (Pereira el al. 1980).

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11 entries listed. 10 valid minerals.

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Pereira E., Gonçalves, L. S. M. & Moreira A. (1980) - Carta Geológica de Portugal na escala de 1/50000. Notícia Explicativa da Folha 13-D, Oliveira de Azeméis. Serviços Geológicos de Portugal, Lisboa, 68pp.

Valle Aguado B. (1992) - Geologia estrutural de la Zona de Cizalla de Porto-Tomar en la región de Oliveira de Azeméis - Serra da Arada (Norte de Portugal). Dissertação de Doutoramento, Universidade de Salamanca, 254pp.

Moreno, F. S. B. A., Silva, E. F., Reis, A. P. M. M. D., Patinha, C. A. F., Fonseca, E. M. C. (1997) - Impacte Ambiental de uma mina abandonada na qualidade da água superficial: o exemplo da Mina do Pintor. Actas da X Semana de Geoquímica e IV Congresso de Geoquímica dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, Universidade do Minho, 479-482.

Ioana Sofia Moreira dos Santos, Universidade de Aveiro Departamento de Geociências, 2010 - Impacto da actividade da Mina do Pintor na qualidade dos solos e das poeiras.

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