Italy, Adamello massif, center and north


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The Adamello massif is a mountain range in the Italian Alps, located in the provinces of Trento (Adamello-Brenta) and Brescia; it is a protected area, under the two different provinces (the two green areas on the picture) and, today, minerals search is strictly forbidden.
The nucleus of the Group is a plutonic intrusion made of granite rocks (granodiorite; tonalite around the nucleus). A lot of minerals are found in the metamorphic rocks, the older calcareous formations transformed by the magma intruding, cooling down and consolidating

 

 

Almandine
Small but well formed "garnet" XX (I am not sure it is  almandine), covering a matrix with "chlorite" and pyrite (?). From this place only small XX, on the dark matrix
10.5x5.5cm
Corno delle Granate, Conca del Baitone, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.975

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"Chabazite"
Brilliant XX, edge up to 0.4cm , in a cavity of the metamorphic rock, 6.5x5cm wide
15x8.5cm
Val Ghilarda, Val Saviore. Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.64

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"Chabazite"
Small XX of "chabazite", edge up to 0.3cm , on the rock. There are some white unidentified spherules; I have been told that it could be saponite or other montmorillonite-like mineral
7x5.5cm
Val Ghilarda, Val Saviore. Brescia.. Italy
Specimen n.866

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Clinohumite
Small grain and some XX, orange, up to 0.4 cm long. Clinohumite is found  in the contact aureole rock, immersed in calcite, with green fassaite; there are a lot of spinel XX, black and with typical corrosion patterns
15x8.5cm
Cima Uzza, Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.

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Elbaite
Pale blue prismatic XX of elbaite, up to 1cm
7x7cm
Passo Forcel Rosso, Mt Foppa, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.622

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Elbaite
Transparent prismatic XX of elbaite, up to 1.2cm, with quartz. Elbaite XX are pale blue: termination are pale greenish to red
6x6cm
Passo Forcel Rosso, Mt Foppa, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.1030

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Elbaite
Single X of elbaite, 1.1cm tall, with quartz and lepidolite
7.5x6cm
Passo Forcel Rosso, Mt Foppa, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.1566

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Epidote
Green XX of epidote, up to 2.1 cm long
8x6.5cm
Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1158

 

Grossular
Large XX - edge up to 1,4cm - of grossular (I suppose iron rich grossular, someone told me that could be almandine), well formed but corroded, covered by "chlorite". There is also hematite with lamellar habitus, not visible in the photo
14x12cm
Val Dois, Ceto, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.1052

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Grossular
A piece similar to the previous one. Corroded XX, covered  by "chlorite", with hematite visible in the 3rd and 4th photos
7.5x6cm
Val Dois, Ceto, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.1050

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Grossular
Plate of metamorphic rock (mixture of calcite and green fassaite) covered by a lot of grossular XX, malformed and fat
13x12cm
Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1018

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Grossular
Brown semitransparent XX, up to 0.7cm wide, on "chlorite"
14x9cm
Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1039




Grossular
Combination of two grossular XX, up to 1cm wide, immersed in the metamorphic rock and extracted from calcite
5.5x4cm
Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1159

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Grossular
Bright grossular XX, up to 1cm, on the rock covered by "chlorite"
5x7cm
Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1154

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Grossular
XX up to 1.3cm long, on white calcite
5x8cm
Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1040

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Grossular
XX up to 1.5cm long, It is possible to see a typical corroded X, in the lower part of the photo
5x4.5cm
Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1042

 

Grossular
Bright, brown XX, up to 1.3cm wide, on the calcephire
5x8cm
Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1041

 

 

Quartz
Group of smoked quartz XX, up to 7cm long, from a geode in the pegmatitic vein. The XX are transparent on one side, opaque and green for "chlorite" inclusion on the othe side (see 3rd and 4th photo)
16x13cm
Val Ghilarda, Val Saviore, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.1034

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Quartz
Fat compenetrated and biterminated XX, smoked, with pink orthoclase. From the place where elbaite specimens where found
5.2x4cm
Val Saviore, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.1054

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Schorl
Black prismatic X of schorl, 1.2cm long
4x4cm
Passo Forcel Rosso, Mt Foppa, Brescia. Italy
Specimen n.1033

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Wollastonite
Elongated white XX of wollastonite, previously immersed in calcite (dissolved by acid). Wollastonite is posted on malformed grossular garnets
6.5x7.5cm
Val Bona, Breguzzo, Val di Daone, Trento. Italy
Specimen n.1037

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