Fluorine Fontsante Var green-grey colour.
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Fluorine Fontsante Var green-grey colour.

Fluorite Fontsante Var

Mineral from Fontsante (France)

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Fluorite extracted from the Fontsante mine in the Var region of France (year 90).

Stone dimensions: L: 81mm x W: 27mm x H: 80mm x weight with base: 260g.

The stone is fixed to the acrylic base with a flexible mastic (easily removable).

The Fontsante Mine

The Fontsante mine, located in the Var region of France, is a former fluorite mine that was mainly exploited between 1947 and 1987. Located near the town of Tanneron, it was one of the largest fluorite mines in Europe. Fluorite, or fluorspar, is an essential mineral in the chemical industry, particularly for the production of hydrofluoric acid.

The mine went through several operating phases, peaking in the 1960s. After closure, environmental rehabilitation efforts were undertaken to restore the site. Today, the Fontsante mine is best known to geologists and mineral enthusiasts, who still find specimens of fluorite there.

A citizens' collective was set up in response to a landfill project on the site. The landfill project was strongly opposed by local residents and environmental campaigners. The collective, made up of residents, environmental associations and local personalities, is concerned about the potential impact on the environment, particularly on water quality, biodiversity and the quality of life.

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