Mineralogical locations
of Piedmont
by Patrizia and Massimo Deidda
Susa Valley left bank
Rocca Bianca-Caprie (TO)

Caprie is a minute and a picturesque village located in the lower Valley of Susa at few km from Turin.

Not far from the famous Sacra di San Michele on the opposite side of the Valley and the Lakes of Avigliana, enjoys a special climate which in some ways resembles that of the Mediterranean.

Small oak trees, Wild Roses and butcher's broom characterize the surrounding vegetation.

As a curiosity, the author has found a succulent plant that is very similar to the '' prickly '' in miniature which grows mainly on the rocks where there is a little clod of Earth, this succulent plant has invaded much of the mountain.

Common meeting with the Viper.

Mineralogical deposits, typical of rodingiti received in the coils, are spread over the mountains, Rocca Bianca igmi cards, which dominates the country not far from already known Rocca Sella.

A road full of hairpin curves, rises from the village in the direction of cells in Rubiana, Caprie and after about 1 km of bends you reach near mineralogical sites listed above by the coordinates.

I will describe briefly the minerals observed and found myself in this locality in the sites indicated by gps and utm coordinates, researches carried out in 1991.

Apatite in bright translucent crystals, ''chlorite'' Crystal, '' ''Garnetcrystals, smagardite shining green (rare), titanite crystals white and translucent yellow, vesuvianite crystals.


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



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