Alpine Regions, western area, Piemonte, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola prov.


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In this page there is a selection of pieces found in the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola province in Piemonte; it means, mainly, the Ossola Valley - the extreme point of Piemonte towards Switzerland. I classify the pieces from the small valleys, parts of the wider Ossola area,  they came from

Formazza Valley

 

Adularia (K-feldspar)
A lot of adularia XX, pearly, with "chlorite"
13x7cm
Formazza Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.1424

2nd photo
3rd photo
 

 

"apatite"
Group of XX, semitransparent, pale lilac, on a carpet of "chlorite"
9x7cm
Formazza, Formazza Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.407

Another photo: bigger view
Another photo: a different view

 

Calcite
Combination of scalenohedron, up to 2.6cm, with  "chlorite" and (not visible in he photo) some needles of red rutile. The locality is near Punta d'Arbola, on the border between Italy (Alpe Devero - Formazza Valley) and Switzerland (Binn Valley)
7x4cm
Forno glacier, Formazza Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.946

 

Calcite
Combination of scalenohedron, without matrix
4x2cm
Forno glacier, Formazza Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.1046

 

Quartz
Transparent XX up to 6,5 cm, with muscovite
9x9cm
Forno glacier, Formazza Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.393

2nd photo: entire piece

 

Quartz
Smoked, biterminated X, 4.2cm long, with muscovite XX on the top
4.2x3cm
Formazza Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.958

 

Scolecite
Thin needles of scolecite, on gneiss, up to 1cm long, covering some small epidote XX
15x7cm
Formazza Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.567

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Titanite
Single XX, 0.4cm, on metamorphic matrix. One of my old specimens
6.5x6cm
Formazza Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.45

2nd photo
3rd photo

 

Devero Valley

 

Cafarsite
Single dark-brown X, typical cube-octahedron from the gneiss fissures, 1.1x0.9cm wide, with other small XX. From the famous location, between the Italian Alpe Devero and the Swiss Binn Valley, that is one of the most remarkable minerals location in the Alpine Region (Cu-As concentration in the gneiss)
7x4cm
Cervandone Mt, Alpe Devero, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.358

 

Cafarsite
This X of cafarsite - 0.6 cm edge - shows the less frequent cubic shape; some alteration minerals (green agardite) are visible on the faces. The X has a natural fracture
4.5x3.5cm
Cervandone Mt, Alpe Devero, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.252

 

Cafarsite
Plate of rocks covered by malformed blocky XX of cafarsite; the mineral is slightly altered and covered by an alteration coating
11.5x9cm
Cervandone Mt, Alpe Devero, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.1017

2nd photo
3rd photo

 

Hematite
Well shaped rosette of hematite, 0.9 cm wide, on the matrix
5.4x4.5cm
Cervandone Mt, Alpe Devero, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.299

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Hematite
Well defined XX, 0.8cm wide, with metallic luster, on matrix
6x3.5cm
Cervandone Mt, Alpe Devero, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.44

 

Hematite
Hexagonal XX of hematite, up to 0.4 cm wide, with some rosettes on the matrix and small needles of rutile
7.5x4.5cm
Cervandone Mt, Alpe Devero, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.146

2nd photo: a bigger view
3rd photo: a different view

 

Pyrite
Typical Alpine sample of pyrite, 0.8cm edge, encrusted by limonite, on crystalline matrix with quartz and muscovite
6.5x4.8cm
Passo d'Arbola, Devero Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.162

2nd photo

 

Pericline
Pericline XX and quartz XX coated with "chlorite"; amongst pericline XX there are some rounded aggregates of scolecite, made by thin XX
10x6cm
Punta d'Arbola, Devero Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.835

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"Synchysite"
0.4cm tall X, striated, with the usual spindle-like shape (truncated and rounded bipyramid) on a quartz matrix. I suppose it is synchysite-Ce (always seen this kind of piece from Cervandone)
4.5x6cm
Cervandone Mt, Alpe Devero, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.162

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Titanite
Group of XX, 0,9 x 0,7 cm wide
4x6cm
Alpe Devero, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.487

Another photo: a different view

Antigorio Valley

 

"apatite"
Single X 1cm wide, white and semi-transparent, on matrix covered by dark green "chlorite"
6x3.5cm
Cadarese quarries, Premia, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.338




Stilbite
White XX of stilbite, with the classic shape; it is 1.5x1.1 cm and posted on the metamorphic rock with small epidote XX and "chlorite"
10x8
cm
Premia, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.1280

2nd photo
3rd photo

 

Titanite
Twinned XX of titanite, yellowish and semitransparent. It is 0.9 x 0.5 wide
4.5x9cm
Premia, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.1444

2nd photo
3rd photo
4th photo: entire piece

Antrona Valley

Diopside
XX up to 0,9cm long, on a matrix covered by yellow-green XX of epidote up to 0.8 cm. From the rodingites veins, north-west of Antronapiana, well known since the beginning of last century
6x3.5cm
Antronapiana, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.762

Another photo: a bigger view

 

Vigezzo Valley

 

Beryl var emerald
Dark green XX up to 1.1cm long, with some other smaller grain, on schist from this famous Alpine place (Above Orcesco village there is an albitite formation that was excavated in the past)
12x5.5cm
Alpe Rosso, Orcesco, Val Vigezzo. Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.772

 

Beryl var emerald
Another X, 1cm long, well posted on the top of this piece, with muscovite
5x4.5cm
Alpe Rosso, Orcesco, Val Vigezzo. Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.108

Other areas

 

Calcite
Corroded X of calcite, posted on a matrix covered by "chlorite" with some hexagonal XX of muscovite
14x10cm
Varzo, Divedro valley. Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.845.

2nd photo: bigger view




Pyromorphite
Rounded, botryoidal agregates of pyromorphite, with some tufts (see the 3td photo). From ald mineralized Pb-Zn veins into michascist
9x10cm
Monte Pirio, Gignese. Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.1476.

2nd photo: entire piece
3rd
photo: close up

 

Zircon
X of dark reddish zircon - 0,3 cm wide, immersed in the pegmatit
4x4cm
Costiere del Proman, Nibbio area, Mergozzo. Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.641

Zircon
Another X of zircon with complex formation,  0,6 cm wide
2.5x1.5cm
Costiere del Proman, Nibbio area, Mergozzo. Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. Italy
Specimen n.1376


 

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