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Abstract Mineralogical alluvial prospecting search for base metals have been carried out from 1968 to 1970 in the Friuli — Venezia Giulia region. The Carnia, a part of this region, was well known from ancient times as an important mining district. Numerous anomalies of the content of some elements and minerals in river sands have been recognized by means of the above mentioned searches. This indicates that important and till now unknown ore concentrations are possible in this region. In fact three new sphalerite and/or galena concentrations and one fluorite concentration in association with As-sulphides have already been discovered during a partial development of these surveys. In the present work the advantages of alluvial prospecting in mining searches are remarked. Moreover method and application of mineralogical alluvial prospecting are described. In the last paragraph the steps which allowed the discovering of the new metal concentrations are reported in detail. The discovered concentrations are shortly analyzed. Strict aim of this note is to indicate the value and scientific importance of the described method. For reasons not within author's control, the results of these researches can be published only to day. But, owing the importance of some recent discoveries, the authors remind that these results have already been discussed at “2nd Int. Symp. on the Mineral Deposits on the Alps” Bled, 1971, and at the meeting of “Società di Mineralogia e Petrografia” Pisa, 1974.
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