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Respina Mine, Fuentes de Respina, Puebla de Lillo, León, Castile and Leon, Spain

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 43° 1' 57'' North , 5° 21' 54'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 43.03250,-5.36500
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Mina La Respina, Fuentes de Respina, Puebla de Lillo, León, Castilla y León, España
Other regions containing this locality:Iberian Peninsula

Red nodular Visean limestone affected by dolomitization and talcification.

The mine "La Respina" is part of a series of mining operations located along a wide swath mineralized within the municipality of "La Puebla de Lillo" this being the most important in the area and while operating it was the mine most important of talc of Spain.

The mineralization is located in an area of ​​great tectonic complication and especially with a thrust plane that connects a level of Quartzite of Ordovician and Carboniferous levels mainly limestones that have suffered dolomitization phenomena.

The mineralization affects both the level of Quartzite and the level of Dolomite and is consequently of metasomatic phenomena resulting from the reaction of fluids rich in silica and magnesium from the original rocks which are being replaced in many cases preserving the original form being perfect example Dolomite crystals transformed into Talc (pseudomorphism)

Mineral List

9 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.

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Late Cambrian - Early Cambrian
485.4 - 541 Ma

ID: 2508125

Age: Cambrian (485.4 - 541 Ma)

Description: Sandstone, slate, quartzite or limestone and conglomerate

Lithology: Quartzite, slate, sandstone and limestone

Reference: Mapa Geológico de la Península Ibérica, Baleares y Canarias a escala 1:1.000.000. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España. [77]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

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- Casquet, C., y Tornos, F. (1984): "Mineralizaciones Españolas de talco. Aspectos genéticos y de exploración". En: II Curso de Rocas Industriales. Fundación Universidad Empresa, Madrid, pp. 348-376.

- Rodas González ,M. y Luque del Villar, F.J. (1992) Yacimientos Españoles de Talco . En : Recursos Minerales de España (García -Guinea , J. y Martínez Frías, J., eds.), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid. 1387-1400 .

- Calvo, M. (2003). Minerales y Minas de España. Vol.II Sulfuros y Sulfosales. Diputación Foral de Alava. 705 págs.

- Calvo, M. (2012) . Minerales y Minas de España, Vol.V Carbonatos y Nitratos Boratos .Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas. Madrid, 711 págs.

External Links

http://www.foro-minerales.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5993 (description of the mine with pictures of the species, in Spanish language)

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