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Copper Minerals at Vesuvius Volcano (Southern Italy): A Mineralogical Review

Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell’Ambiente e delle Risorse, Università Federico II, Complesso Universitario Monte S. Angelo, Via Cintia 21, 80126 Napoli, Italy
Istituto per i Polimeri, Compositi e Biomateriali, CNR, Viale Campi Flegrei 34, 80078 Pozzuoli, Italy
Centro Museale “Centro Musei delle Scienze Naturali e Fisiche”, Università Federico II, Via Mezzocannone 8, 80134 Napoli, Italy
Department of Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
Kola Science Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, 14 Fersman Street, Apatity 184200, Russia
Department of Crystallography, St. Petersburg State University, 7–9 Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, St. Petersburg 199034, Russia
Istituto di Cristallografia, CNR, Via Amendola 122/O, 70126 Bari, Italy
Via Isernia 3, 80026 Casoria, Italy
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Minerals 2019, 9(12), 730;
Received: 17 October 2019 / Revised: 15 November 2019 / Accepted: 21 November 2019 / Published: 26 November 2019
This work is part of a project focused on the Somma–Vesuvius volcano and aimed at identifying Cu minerals related to mineralizing processes associated with magmatic activity in an active magmatic-hydrothermal system. A mineralogical survey was carried out on a set of samples represented by sublimates and fumarolic products from the collection of the Mineralogical Museum of the University of Naples Federico II (Italy). These samples are mainly related to most recent eruptive episodes of Vesuvius activity, from 1631 onward. Copper-bearing minerals were characterized, as well as associated minerals, by X-ray diffraction (XRD) scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS). An investigation on the structural complexity of Cu-mineral assemblages with different temperature formations was also carried out using the TOPOS software package. The main copper phases are sulfates, followed by vanadates, hydroxyhalides, oxides, carbonates, silicates and finally, phosphates. New mineral occurrences for Vesuvius, both Cu-bearing and Cu-free, are described. Nevertheless, the fumarolic/alteration minerals at Vesuvius cannot be considered of economic relevance as a copper reservoir, this type of mineralizations are significant for copper crystal chemistry and for the knowledge of the mineralogical variants. The obtained datasets can be of interest for the knowledge of volcanic byproducts of copper ore deposits (i.e., porphyry copper systems) and of (base) metal segregation processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: copper minerals; Somma–Vesuvius; Italy; volcano sublimates; fumarolic minerals; alteration products copper minerals; Somma–Vesuvius; Italy; volcano sublimates; fumarolic minerals; alteration products
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Balassone, G.; Petti, C.; Mondillo, N.; Panikorovskii, T.L.; de Gennaro, R.; Cappelletti, P.; Altomare, A.; Corriero, N.; Cangiano, M.; D’Orazio, L. Copper Minerals at Vesuvius Volcano (Southern Italy): A Mineralogical Review. Minerals 2019, 9, 730.

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Balassone G, Petti C, Mondillo N, Panikorovskii TL, de Gennaro R, Cappelletti P, Altomare A, Corriero N, Cangiano M, D’Orazio L. Copper Minerals at Vesuvius Volcano (Southern Italy): A Mineralogical Review. Minerals. 2019; 9(12):730.

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Balassone, Giuseppina, Carmela Petti, Nicola Mondillo, Taras L. Panikorovskii, Roberto de Gennaro, Piergiulio Cappelletti, Angela Altomare, Nicola Corriero, Maria Cangiano, and Loredana D’Orazio. 2019. "Copper Minerals at Vesuvius Volcano (Southern Italy): A Mineralogical Review" Minerals 9, no. 12: 730.

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