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Frank de Wit

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Re: Italy, Aosta, La miniera d’oro di Chamousira
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2021, 12:56:06 PM »
The Chamousira Fenilliaz mine is the most important gold mine in Valle D’Aosta. This mine was discovered in 1899 and its history accompanies the modern era of metallurgy in the Aosta valley having had great business significance and importance in European companies. In that time there were rumours of an El Dorado in western Italy after great shining strands of nuggets were spoken of. Val D’Ayas, which in ancient times had already been exploited for underground activities, saw the arrival, at the beginning of 1900s, of important business men from English mining companies, and the great race began. The mines of Brusson boast a type of metallurgythat is unique in Europe; gold, in its native condition, visible to the naked eye and not necessarily associated to sulphides (gold pyrite as found in other mines). Today, this mine is open to the public and it’s possible to see the unique mineralogical characteristics and re-live history, made up of dreams, hope and hard work. Other than the mine, there is a visitor centre, Espace Herbet, dedicated to this miner and mine captain of the Fenilliaz and Chamousira mines from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. He was a dynamic person, aware of the technological innovations of his time, but also a keen photographer leaving photos that illustrate the life and mining activities of the period. These photographs are visible in the visitor centre and are evidence of the profound changes in landscape and society during the 20th century.
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Italy, Aosta, La miniera d’oro di Chamousira
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2021, 12:48:14 PM »
La miniera d’oro di Chamousira / Chamusera
Miniere d’Oro di Brusson / Mine-experience Valle d’Aosta
https://www.chamousira.it/

Loc Dela – strada per Estoul, 11022 Brusson, Val d’Ayas, Valle d’Aosta, Italy

Also see:
https://www.mineralienatlas.de/?l=46019 / https://www.mindat.org/loc-25821.html
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