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Santa Scolastica, Romanoro, Frassinoro, Modena Province, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 19' 13'' North , 10° 32' 8'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 44.32028,10.53556
GeoHash:G#: spzkpsrb2
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Santa Scolastica, Romanoro, Frassinoro, Provincia di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italia

Abandoned quarry in a serpentinite outcrop.

The serpentinite outcrop (<100 m in diameter; 44°19'13.00"N, 10°32'08.26"E) is located in the Dolo Valley, next to the village of Romanoro, Frassinoro municipality. It bears the signs of interaction of the former peridotite with a metasomatic fuid rich in Ca, Fe, Ti, and Mn, possibly related to the
serpentinisation event (Capedri & Lugli, 1999). Minor phases formed during fuid–rock interaction are in the form of aggregates of oxides of the ilmenite–pyrophanite series; sulphides of Ni–Fe are also present. Lizardite crystals from Santa Scolastica are found either as trigonal prisms, or as characteristic aggregates with a six-cornered star shape, never before described in literature. Only trigonal prisms were found to be suitable for X-ray diffraction and refinement; they are ascribable to the 1T polytype (Laurora et al., 2011).

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7 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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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Paleogene - Late Cretaceous
23.03 - 100.5 Ma

ID: 3153569
Late Cretaceous limestone

Age: Phanerozoic (23.03 - 100.5 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{limestone}, Minor{claystone,sandstone,marlstone}

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]

66 - 145 Ma

ID: 3186389
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Cretaceous (66 - 145 Ma)

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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Borghi, E., Borghi, M., Scacchetti, M. (1997) I minerali dell'ofiolite di Santa Scolastica di Romanoro (Modena). Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 21, 4 (4-1997), 347-351.
Capedri, S., Lugli, S. (1999) Le ofioliti (schede 109-124). In: Bertacchini., M., et al., I beni geologici della provincia di Modena. Artioli Editore, Modena, 104 pp.
Laurora, A., Brigatti, M.F., Malferrari, D., Galli, E., Rossi, A., Ferrari, M. (2011) The crystal chemistry of lizardite-1T from northern Apennines ophiolites near Modena, Italy. Canadian Mineralogist, 49, 1045-1054 [three samples from Santa Scolastica have been used in this study].

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