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

This page kindly sponsored by Marco E. Ciriotti
Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° North , 7° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~28km
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 active) 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:

See also: Luserna Stone Quarries

Here are listed only the minerals of the specific area of Montoso.
Axinite and zircon found only in petrological section as component of the rock.

Mineral List

74 valid minerals.

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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., 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., 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., Lombardo, B. (2007). Minerali del Piemonte e della Valle d'Aosta. Associazione Amici del Museo F. Eusebio - Alba, Ed., Alba (Cuneo), 607 pp.
- Ambrino, P., Brizio, P., Ciriotti, M.E., Finello, G., Marello, B. (2009): Minerali della pietra di Luserna. AMI, Ed., Cremona, CD-ROM (Italian and English versions).
- Marello, B., Finello, G., Bittarello, E., Ciriotti, M.E. (2013). Novacekite-II: novità uranifera alla cava Rocche Grana di Montoso. Micro, 11, 82-87.

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