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Sambuco gramaccioliite site (Sambuco “historical” site), Sambuco, Stura Valley, Cuneo Province, Piedmont, Italy

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° North , 7° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~1km
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Sito della gramaccioliite di Sambuco (Sito “storico”di Sambuco), Sambuco, Valle Stura, Cuneo, Piemonte, Italia

Mineralized clefts in biotite-rich granite gneisses of Autes Mt. (Gesso-Stura-Vésubie Terrane, Argentera crystalline massif).

In the past, the site, located at the foot of the cliff overhanging National Road 21 (about 200 m beyond the second avalanche-protection tunnel towards Sambuco), was improperly indicated as “Pianche” or “Pianche di Vinadio”, from the name of the village situated one kilometre to the south-east. Actually, in the immediate proximity of Pianche, there are other occurrences of mineralized clefts showing some differences in mineral assemblage [http://www.mindat.org/loc-190231.html].

Note: Due to safety reasons, mineral collecting at this site has been prohibited by a municipal ordinance.

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14 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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- Piccoli, G. C. (1981): Davidite di Pianche di Vinadio (CN). Prima segnalazione. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 5, (1), 19-22.
- Piccoli, G.C. (2002): I minerali delle Alpi Marittime e Cozie. Provincia di Cuneo. Associazione Amici del Museo "F. Eusebio" di Alba, Ed., Alba, 362 pp.
- Orlandi, P., Pasero, M., Rotiroti, N., Olmi, F., Demartin, F., Moëlo, Y. (2004): Gramaccioliite-(Y), a new mineral of the crichtonite group from Stura Valley, Piedmont, Italy. European Journal of Mineralogy, 16, 171-175.
- Orlandi, P. & Piccoli, G.C. (2004): Gramaccioliite-(Y) un nuovo minerale alpino del gruppo della crichtonite. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 1/2004, 16-17.
- Lapis (2004): 29,(5),40-41.
- Piccoli, G.C., Maletto, G., Bosio, P., Lombardo, B. (2007). Minerali del Piemonte e della Valle d'Aosta. Associazione Amici del Museo "F. Eusebio" di Alba, Ed., Alba, 607 pp.

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