Serpentinites from Cabo Ortegal (Galicia, Spain): a search for correct use as ornamental stones
Dolores Pereira, Mercedes Peinado, Mariano Yenes, Serafin Monterrubio, Jose Nespereira, Jose Antonio Blanco, 2010. "Serpentinites from Cabo Ortegal (Galicia, Spain): a search for correct use as ornamental stones", Natural Stone Resources for Historical Monuments, R Přikryl, Á Török
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Different varieties of serpentinites present at Cabo Ortegal were studied. For many years, the ‘Verde Pirineos’ type has been quarried and sold commercially, but its physical characteristics do not fulfil the requirements for its use as an ornamental stone. ‘Piedra de Doelo’ is the local name for a serpentinite that has been quarried and used for many centuries in a large number of historical buildings distributed throughout the area. The preservation status of the rock is very poor and the stone is severely affected by weathering. A third variety, similar to the ‘ophicalcite’ described in the literature, is currently under investigation with a view to studying the possibility of the resumption of serpentinite quarrying. Although serpentinites are commercially known as ‘green marbles’, Galician serpentinites do not fulfil the mineral requirements to be described as such. Study of the characteristics of serpentinites, including their mineralogy, may offer a clue to the correct use of Galician serpentinites.