Italy, Lombardia, Bergamo prov., Zorzone-Val Vedra mine


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Old zinc mine, part of the important lead-zinc mining district In Orobic Prealps, between Val Brembana and Val Seriana. I see both the name of Zorzone and Val Vedra used for the same mine.
It belongs to the Oltre il Colle mining district, with three localities: Val Vedra (Zorzone), Val Parina, monte Arera. 
My minerals came from the Malanotte mine, part of the Zorzone - Val Vedra mine, famous for plattnerite. The
first discovery of this minerals in province of Bergamo was in 1968

 

 

Calcite
This is another typical sample from Zorzone. In the massive fluorite there is a cavity with calcite. The former XX of calcite are partially replaced by  hydrozincite, and covered by small hemimorphite XX. There are a lot plattnerite XX, microcrystalline
8.5x8cm
Zorzone mine, Val Vedra, Oltre il Colle, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1188

 

Hemimorphite
Small transparent XX of hemimorphite, with brown inclusions, on microcrystalline auricalcite
9x6cm
Zorzone mine, Val Vedra, Oltre il Colle, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.821

Another photo: a entire piece

 

Hemimorphite
Thin and bright XX of hemimorphite, on mineralized matrix
8x7cm
Zorzone mine, Val Vedra, Oltre il Colle, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.1187

 

Hydrozincite
Pale green hydrozincite in the vug - 1.5x3cm wide - of mineralized matrix
9x7cm
Zorzone mine, Val Vedra, Oltre il Colle, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.502

 

Plattnerite
Thin sparkling XX of black plattnerite are scattered on a mineralized matrix (hydrozincite) covered by very small XX of hemimorphite. These XX are less than 0.1 cm approx and this is the better image I am able to take with my camera
8.5x8cm
Zorzone mine, Val Vedra, Oltre il Colle, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.54

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Plattnerite
Very small plattnerite XX under and within rounded formations of hydrozincite and hemimorphite 
8.5x8cm
Zorzone mine, Val Vedra, Oltre il Colle, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.544

Another photo: a detail

Wulfenite
X of wulfenite on mineralized matrix; there are some other wulfenite XX on the piece
5x5cm
Zorzone mine, Val Vedra, Oltre il Colle, Bergamo. Italy
Specimen n.812


 

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