Mineralogical locations
of Piedmont
by Patrizia and Massimo Deidda
Grande Lanzo Valley
Monte Rosso-Cantoira (TO)

The Mineralogical localities located in the municipality of Cantoira (TO).

Mineralogical deposits of Red Mountain occupy the right of Big Valley across to the land of Cantoira (TO).

At the end of the village turn to the left near a picnic area where you can cross the river stura towards belvedere Roc Fouieri.

The surrounding area is rich in vegetation, chestnut, wild cherry, birch, beech, ash, larch and Hazel.

Crossing the bridge on the Stura in slope trail runs alongside the old refuges arriving near the fountain of Combin used in ancient times, since the medieval period, to fill a water maceratoio of hemp.

Formerly the hemp (cannabis sativa) was cultivated in the Alps near the pastures '' muande. ''

Hemp collection was cleaned and assembled in clusters that were put to soak in the water.

To accomplish the latter operation is used near the town a small watercourse to divert in maceratoio for hemp '' neiveu ''.


Left behind the '' neiveu '' we head toward Southwest in the direction of Monte Rosso initially following the path leading to the Roc Fouieri and then toward the top of the mountain.

Countless mineralogical interest sites, the author has identified approximately forty and reports in this brief note only the lower teeth from the fountain of Combin and Roc Fouieri

The different mineralogical sites are characterized by the presence of serpentine with rodingite embedded into the prevalence of vesuvianite.



Amphiboles in tabular crystals, Crystal chlorite , diopside crystals, epidote in dark yellow Crystal, Garnet crystals, vesuvianite crystals of very bright olive green color.



My heartfelt thanks to Istituto Geografico Militare in Florence that has made available the cartography of the area treated.

In memory of Brunello.

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