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Roca de Ponent, Poblet Monastery, Vimbodí, Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain

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Lower Silurian (Lower Llandoverian) sedex-type deposit and isochemical metamorphism of V/Cr-rich sediments.

Metasediments are massive anorthite layers interbedded with cherts, phosphates beds, sulfide-rich black shales, massive sulfide layers and calc-silicate beds.

Ore-bearing units form belts parallel to folds direction (NW-SE axes) (Hercynian orogeny).

V and Cr-bearing silicates are common in anorthite beds.

Sulfides (pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite) are disseminated within the metasediment layers.
V-Cr oxides, rutile and ilmenite are common in sulfide-rich shales.
Hercynian deformation and regional metamorphism are responsible for remobilization and formation of sulfide veinlets (galena, sphalerite, pyrite, chalcopyrite.).

Tardihercynian granitic intrusion and contact metamorphism induced recrystallization of previous mineralization : pd-bearing löllingite is replaced by arsenopyrite.

Contact metamorphism of V/Cr-rich shales results in formation of metapelic hornfels with V-rich aluminosilicates and V/Cr oxides.

In 2006 the town of Vimbodí changed its name to Vimbodí i Poblet

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C. Canet et al. (2003): PGE-Bearing Minerals in Silurian Sedex Deposits in the Poblet Area, Southwestern Catalonia, Spain The Canadian Mineralogist, 41, 581-595.

Canet, C., Alfonso, P., Melgarejo, J. C., & Jorge, S. (2003). V-rich minerals in contact-metamorphosed Silurian SEDEX deposits in the Poblet area, southwestern Catalonia, Spain. The Canadian Mineralogist, 41(3), 561-579.

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