Liat mines, Vielha e Mijaran, Aran Valley, Lleida (Lérida), Catalonia, Spain
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||42° 47' 30'' North , 0° 52' 15'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||42.79166793823242, 0.8708333373069763|
Zn-Pb-Fe stratiform deposit in Ordovician schists, slates, quartzites and limestones, slightly affected by Hercynian low grade regional metamorphism.
The deposit is known since 1717 and workings began around 1740. A French-Belgian mining company exploited the area until 1965. An aerial mining cable car built in 1912 was used for transporting the ore 1600 m down to Pontaut in the Garona River, 14 km to the west and only 2 km south of the French border. There it was shipped to France for processing.
Today, abandoned buildings, galleries, trenches and prospects are found spread across in Rasos de Liat, a grassy and rocky mountainous area at an altitude of 2300 m. A project by the Autonomous Government of the Aran Valley exists that pretends to rehabilitate the area for tourist visits.
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22 valid minerals.
This 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 data will improve over time as more accurate maps and data sets are added.
|Cambrian-Ordovician443.8 - 541 Ma||Cambrian-Ordovician sedimentary rocks|
References for regional geology:
Data provided by Macrostrat.org
Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d.