My minerals and rocks collection



Through my univesity and doctoral studies, I have visited several interesting geological localities. I have started to collect rock and mineral samples for study and for pleasure, and, nowadays, I have about 300 samples collected all around the Italian, Swiss and French Alps, in the Apennines, on the Italian volcanoes (Etna, Stromboli, Vesuvius and Vulcano) and volcanic islands (Lipari, Salina), and from other localities (Lesbos island in Greece, Lanzarote island in Spain, the Pyrenees, Corse, Mauna Loa in Hawaaii, etc.). In the following pictures you can make a photographic tour of my samples. 

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First, you might like to see detail pics of some of the most significant samples that I have collected:

01. Spinel Lherzolite xenolite in basalt - Lanzarote, Spain
02. Cr-Pyroxenite with peridotites bands - Finero, Italy
03. Phlogopite-peridotite - Finero, Italy
04. Cr-Spinel peridotite - Finero, Italy
05. Cr-Spinel - Cr-Clinopyroxene peridotite - Finero, Italy
06. Garnet on a phyllads - S. Caterina Valfurva, Italy
07. Brown flint - Foresta Umbra, Italy (kindly gifted by F. Colpani)
08. Garnet-Staurolite phyllad - S. Caterina Valfurva, Italy
09. Biotitic ortogneiss - Val Sesia, Italy
10. Actinolite bearing ultramafite - Vall'Antrona, Italy
11. Phlogopite bearing aplite - Finero, Italy
12. Garnet-Onphacite pegmatite - Monte Mucrone, Italy
13. Galena - Gorno, Italy
14. Garnet bearing metadiorite (garnet 5 cm across) - Fobello, Italy
15. Garnet peridotite - Bellinzona, Switzerland
16. Perlite - Euganei, Italy
17. Basalt - Etna, Italy, collected on the activ lava flow of the 29th September 2004
18. Quartz and Calcite - Gottardo, Switzerland
19. Pyrite - Gorno, Italy
20. Pyrite and Quartz - Gorno, Italy
21. Fossil fumarole speciments from Vulcanello vent - Vulcano, Italy
22. Garnet (and staurolite) bearing phyllads - Valtellina, Italy
23. Obsidian layers in pyroclastite
24. Garnet diorite - Sondalo, Italy
25. Glaucofane micaschist - Monte Mucrone, Italy (sampled by F. Colpani)
26. Porphyroid - Valtellina, Italy
27. Migmatite - Prà Isio, Italy
28. Sfalerite and minor Galena in black schist - Gorno, Italy (kindly gifted by F. Colpani)
29. Milonitic paragneiss - Prà La Piana, Italy
30. Mn-epidote (Thulite) - TOP SECRET -
31. Tormaline and quartz - Prà la Piana, Italy
32. Tremolite-Actinolite ultramafite - erratic nearby Prà Isio
33. Obsidian clasts -
34. Aragonite - Poschiavo, Switzerland
35. Vesuvianite and diopside - Monte Mattoni, Italy
36. Siderite - Barçellona, Spain (kindly gifted by F. Colpani)
37. Muscovite marble - Lago Palù, Italy
38. Cr-diopside and Phlogopite - Finero, Italy
39. Anfibolic-gabbro - Adamello, Italy
40. Anfibolic-gabbro - Monte Mattoni, Adamello, Italy
41. Tonalite - Tonale pass, Italy
42. Granite - Baveno, Italy
43. Monzogranite - Biella, Italy
44. Calcite - Zambla Alta, Italy
45. Sphalerite - Zambla Alta, Italy (18.5 Kg - 40.8 lb)


1st row:
1sx     ct     1dx
                                                                                               


2nd row:
2sx     ct     2dx



3rd row:
3sx     3dx     3dx



4th row:
4sx     4cr     4dx



5th row:
5sx     5dx     5dxc



6th row:
6sx     6dx     6dxc