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Montoso Quarries, Bagnolo Piemonte, Cuneo Province, Piedmont, Italy

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 44' 56'' North , 7° 13' 54'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.74889,7.23167
GeoHash:G#: spvnsd3cn
Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Cave di Montoso, Bagnolo Piemonte, Cuneo, Piemonte, Italia

A lot of quarries (more than 400, not all are active though) for the "Pietra di Luserna" leucogranitic orthogneiss ("gneiss occhiadino"); some of them are located at Ortieul, Bagnolo Piemonte (Cuneo province); others are in the territories of the municipalities of Rorà, Luserna San Giovanni, and Bobbio Pellice (Turin province). The annual production of "Pietra di Luserna" is about 300.000 tons.

The names of the most important quarries of Montoso are the following: Crivella Superiore, Rocche Grana, Casette, Pravallino Quarry, etc.
A complete list of the quarries may be found here: http://www.regione.piemonte.it/industria/cave/dwd/cave_op/cn.pdf

See also: Luserna Stone Quarries https://www.mindat.org/loc-157231.html

Here are listed only the minerals from the specific area of Montoso.

Axinite and zircon are only found in petrological sections as components of the rock.

Mineral List

74 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated 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 does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

Click on geological units on the map for more information. Click here to view full-screen map on Macrostrat.org

252.17 - 541 Ma

ID: 3139914
Palaeozoic gneiss

Age: Paleozoic (252.17 - 541 Ma)

Description: high grade metamorphic

Lithology: Major:{gneiss}, Minor{granulite,greenschist}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

Cambrian - Neoproterozoic
485.4 - 1000 Ma

ID: 3191621
Precambrian-Phanerozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic to Cambrian (485.4 - 1000 Ma)

Comments: Alps

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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Piccoli, G.C. (2002) Minerali delle Alpi Marittime e Cozie. Provincia di Cuneo. Amici del Museo "F. Eusebio", Ed., Alba, 366 pp.
Fraccaro, G., Ciriotti, M.E., Maixner, J., and Piccoli, G.C. (2007) Singolare ritrovamento di zeunerite a Montoso. Micro (UK report), 1/2007, 61-64.
Finello, G., Ambrino, P., Kolitsch, U., Ciriotti, M.E., Blaß, G., and Bracco, R. (2007) I minerali della “Pietra di Luserna”, Piemonte, Italia nord-occidentale. I. Alcune cave di gneiss della Val Luserna. Micro (località), 2/2007, 181-226.
Piccoli, G. C., Maletto, G., Bosio, P., and Lombardo, B. (2007) Minerali del Piemonte e della Valle d'Aosta. Associazione Amici del Museo "F. Eusebio", Ed., Alba, Ed., Alba (Cuneo), 607 pp.
Ambrino, P., Brizio, P., Ciriotti, M.E., Finello, G., and Marello, B. (2009) Minerali della pietra di Luserna. AMI, Ed., Cremona, CD-ROM (Italian and English versions).
Marello, B., Finello, G., Bittarello, E., and Ciriotti, M.E. (2013) Novacekite-II: novità uranifera alla cava Rocche Grana di Montoso. Micro, 11, 82-87.

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