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August 15, 2022, 09:47:07 PM

Author Topic: Italy, Toscana, Livorno, Elba, Rio Marina, Parco Minerario dell'Isola d'Elba  (Read 1388 times)

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Frank de Wit

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The Mining Park, created in 1991 with the aim of reconverting the degraded areas by iron extraction and to promote the socio-economic development of local communities, preserves a priceless geological, mineralogical and historical-mining heritage. A real open-air museum where it is easyto perceive the smell of iron and the essence of rocks and mineralization. The town of Rio Marina, where the living rock shines in the sun and makes everything incredibly magical, the roads glisten, as well as the beaches and everything goes back to the past mining activities of the place. Even the facades of the most hidden and never restored buildings still offer a clear reading of the past mining. The mining areas exploited for about three millennia, today offer unique colours from blood red to ochre yellow, which contrast with the crystalline blue of the waters of the Elba Island. The unique minerals with geometric shapes and characteristic brilliance have always been sought after by collectors all overthe world and see them exhibited in the main mineralogical museums of the planet. These areas that once lived from work for mineral extraction, today are visited by thousands of tourists who visit each year what we can define as a park within a park, that of the Tuscan archipelago, to be explored on foot, by bike, on board a train or an off-road vehicle for an adventure out of time, in a surreal landscape, retracing the old railway tracks and the stories of those men who have lived, loved and radically transformed it.
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Frank de Wit

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Parco Minerario dell'Isola d'Elba
http://www.parcominelba.it/

Via Magenta 26, 57038 Rio Marina, Elba, Livorno, Toscana, Italy

Also see:
https://www.mindat.org/loc-2152.html
https://www.mindat.org/mesg-5-280453.html