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Minerals in Switzerland

Minerals are natural crystals
Minerals are natural crystals – solid matter whose atoms are organised in accordance with strict geomatrical principles. This internal order is also mirrored in the surface of the crystals, which is often incredibly smooth. Besides shape, colour is a striking feature of many crystals. Some of them have a characteristic hue, while others can be found in a wide variety of different colours.
Most of our planet consists of minerals. However, many of the 4,000 known types of minerals tend to be inconspicuous parts of rocks.

Swiss Alps
Where minerals have had an opportunity to grow undisturbed in particularly favourable conditions over long periods, we can now find spectacular crystals, and the Swiss Alps have long been famed for their treasure troves of beautiful crystals. The commonest mineral in Switzerland is quartz, but many other equally attractive types are there for the finding. These fully formed Alpine minerals have grown in what are called fissures (Zerklüfte), cavities that were torn open as the result of pressures in the rock during the formation of the Alps.

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  Anatase
Anatase, with Rutile, 9 mm TiO2 Griesserental, Uri, CH Photo W. Gabriel, Coll. X. Gnos, SVSMF Schweizer Strahler...
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  Arsenic
Arsenic, 1 mm As Lengenbach, Binntal, Valais, CH Photo & Coll. P.P.
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  Brookite
Brookite TiO2 Tête Noire, Valais, CH Photo & Coll. W. Kübli
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  Cafarsite
Cafarsite Ca8(Ti,Fe2+,Fe3+,Mn) 6-7(As3+O3)12.4H2O Cherbadung (Cervandone), Valais, CH, Photo Th. Schüpbach,...
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  Calcite
Calcite CaCO3 Rueun, Grischun, CH Photo & Coll. Th. Schüpbach, SVSMF
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  Cervandonite
Cervandonite-(Ce), 8 mm, (Ce,Nd,La)(Fe3+,Fe2+,Ti,Al)3(Si,As)3O13 Wannigletscher, Cherbadung (Cervandone), Binntal,...
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  Chernovite
Chernovite-(Y), 1 mm, YAsO4 Wannigletscher, Binntal, Valais, CH, Photo & Coll. T. W. Gabriel, SVSMF
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  Coquimbite
Coquimbite (x 3500) Fe2(SO4)3.9H2O Les Valettes, Valais, CH Photo MHNG, Coll. P.P.
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  Gasparite
Gasparite-(Ce), 3mm, (Ce,La,Nd)AsO4 Wannigletscher, Binntal, Valais, CH, Photo T. W. Gabriel, Coll. N. Burgener, SVSMF.
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  Gold
Gold, 5mm, Au Lukmanierschlucht, Grischun, CH Photo T. Schüpbach, Coll. U. Enggenberger, SVSMF.
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  Kyanite
Kyanite, 11 cm Al2SiO5 Pizzo Forno, Ticino, CH Photo F. Rausser, Coll. NHMB, SVSMF
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  Lengenbach quarry in the Binn Valley
Bibliography on the mineralogy and geology of Lengenbach quarry in the Binn Valley, Valais, Switzerland Lengenbach quarry in the...
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  Milarite
Milarite, xl 8 mm KCa2AlBe2Si12O30.0,5H2O Vorderer Zinggenstock, Grimsel, Bern, CH Photo T. Schüpbach, Coll....
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  Monazite
Monazite-(Ce) 1.3 mm (Ce,La,Nd,Th)PO4 Gerental, Valais, CH Photo E. Offermann Coll. A. Kandblauer, SVSMF...
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  Nahcolite
Nahcolite, 15 mm NaHCO3 Bex, Vaud, CH Photo & Coll. S. Ansermet, SVSMF Schweizer Strahler, (1994), Vol.10,...
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  Quartz
Quartz, blue quartz, 12.5 mm SiO2 Calanda, Grischun, CH Photo & Coll. G. Rüdlinger, SVSMF.2.
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  Titanite
Titanite, contact twins, 4 mm CaTiSiO5 Val Russein, Grischun, CH Coll. G. Rüdlinger
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  Zincocopiapite
Zincocopiapite (x 500) ZnFe4(SO4)6(OH)2.18H2O Les Valettes, Valais, CH Photo MHNG, Coll. P.P.
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