Alpine Regions, western area, Switzerland


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In this section, the western side of Alpine regions is represented by the Switzerland area that is bordering with Italy (Piemonte), more precisely by the two cantons of Valais (closed to Italy) and Berne (north of the other one) 

 

Anatase
On this piece (a large quartz specimen with fat and short XX) there are dozens of small anatase XX, with different color. There is also brookite, not terminated since tips are immersed in quartz

12x10cm
Feldbach Valley (Feldbachtal), Binn Valley, Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.180

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Calcite
Large scalenohedron of calcite, fat and corroded, with some small XX of pyrite
7x10cm
Furka basis tunnel (west o east-URI section?), Furka pass area, Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.1229



Celestine
Pale blue, transparent celestine X, 1.1 cm long, posted on small XX of calite
4x5.5cm
La Reuchenette, Biel, Bern. Switzerland
Specimen n.1474

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Fluorite
Octahedron with truncated tips (with cubic faces). The color is interesting and it seems to me not frequent for Alpine fissure. There is a clear violet phantom inside the X, transparent but darker, with the shape of octahedron; the external part is clearer. The X shows the "frozen" surface that sometimes appears in the Alpine minerals.
It comes from a place that is famous for quartz and fluorite; in the 18 century a finding of enormous quartz XX was found. The Zinggenstock mountain is near the Grimsel pass, another important place, but it is the entire Grimsel area that is a classic for mineralogists

8x6cm
Zinggenstock Mt, Hasli Valley, Grimsel area, Bern. Switzerland
Specimen n.730

 

Fluorite
Opaque pale green XX, edge max 0.5cm, posted on the rock amongst a lot of stellerite XX, with some epistilbite (?). This Swiss deposit has been famous since 18th century for green fluorite, "heulandite" and stellerite
9x6cm
Gibelsbach (Giebelsbach), Fiesch, Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.888

2nd photo

 

Fluorite
Another piece from Gibelsbach: a lot of fluorite XX, max 0.6 wide, on matrix
10x6cm
Gibelsbach (Giebelsbach), Fiesch, Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.1227

2nd photo: entire piece
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Hematite
Round aggregates made of of thin XX, up to 1cm wide, posted on quartz matrix with some albite
8x6cm
Kleines Furkahorn mt, Furka pass area, Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.1226

Another photo: bigger view

 

 

 

Pyrophyllite
Radiating thin XX, pale green, on schistose matrix
8x6cm
St.Niklaus, Matt Valley, Zermatt, Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.698

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Quartz
Couple of smoked quartz XX, on granite
12x8cm
Galenstock mt., Furka pass (between Valais and Uri cantons), Valais side,Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.888

 

Quartz
Smoked quartz XX up to 5.5 cm long, in a fissure of the rock
10x10cm
Furka pass (between Valais and Uri cantons), Valais side,Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.1426

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Quartz
Single smoked quartz XX, covered by a light coating of "chlorite" on a matrix made of adularia (K-feldspar)and byssolite
12x8cm
Simplon pass area, Brig, Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.955

 

Quartz
Group of biterminated XX. The Val d'Illiez, north of the Mont Blanc massive, is a classical Alpine skeleton quartz locality, where floater XX can be found in cavitys within sandstone and limestone
9.5x6cm
Torrent de la Tille, Troistorrents, Illiez Valley, Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.1022

 

Titanite
Green-yellow transparent XX, up to 0.6cm long, in the usual Alpine twinned formation, with adularia (K-feldspar)and byssolite, on the schist. The valley is located in the right orographic slope of the more famous Binn Valley (celebrated for solfosalts in the white dolostones)
9x4.5cm
Feldbach Valley (Feldbachtal), Binn Valley (Binntal), Valais. Switzerland
Specimen n.53

Another photo: a view on byssolite

 


 

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