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Salsigne mine, Salsigne, Mas-Cabardès, Carcassonne, Aude, Occitanie, France

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 43° 20' 20'' North , 2° 21' 18'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 43.339, 2.355
Name(s) in local language(s):Mine de Salsigne, Salsigne, Mas-Cabardès, Carcassonne, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Languedoc-Roussillon

Open cast gold mine, closed in 2004.
Located near Salsigne at the southern rim of the 'Montagne Noire' (meaning 'Black Mountains'), around 13 km N of Carcassonne.

Antehercynian stratabound and tardihercynian NS vein mineralization in sandstones/carbonate rocks alternance (Lower Cambrian).
The stratiform deposit shows a zonality:
- Upper level: pyrite + pyrrhotite
- Massive arsenopyrite + pyrite + (chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite)
- Basal sandstones (quartz + sericite) with arsenopyrite alternance

Presence of hydrothermalized metabasite sills (up to 10 meter thick). Two hydrothermal events have affected the metabasite:
1) Greizenization
Magmatic Cr/Mg spinels Cr/Zn spinels
2) Later alteration event, with Fe/Ti-enrichment and pH diminution
Cr/Zn spinels Cr/Zn ferritchromites + quartz + phengite

Mineral List

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

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- Rocks & Minerals: 60:242;
- TOLLON F. (1970): Le district aurifère de Salsigne - Aude. Edition de la Société des Mines et Produits chimiques de Salsigne. 175 pp.
- Forner H. et al. (1997): La mine d'or de Salsigne (Aude), Le Règne Minéral, n° spécial, 36-60
- Descouens, D. (1986): "Les minéraux de Salsigne (Aude)." Monde et Minéraux, (72), 20-22.
- Vincienne, H. and Mozaffari, C. (1966): "Etude micrographique des minéralisations de Salsigne - Aude." Bulletin de la Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie, 89, 100-106.
- Descouens, D. and Baffaly, C. (1985): "Les phosphates de la mine de Salsigne (Aude)." Monde et Minéraux, 67, 4-5.
- Marcoux, E. and Lescuyer, J.L. (1994): "Les minerais sulfo-arséniés aurifères de Salsigne - Aude - France." Canadian Mineralogist, 32(1), 159-178.
- DEMANGE M., PASCAL M.-L., RAIMBAULT L. (2006): The Salsigne Au-As-Bi-Ag-Cu Deposit, France. Economic Geology, 101, 199-234.

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