Five tectonic complexes and the Monte Capanne intrusion come together to form the 229 square kilometers Italian island of Elba. The island's compact, complex geology is the setting for vast iron deposits and historic pegmatites. Elba's famous iron mines have been long-time producers of world class pyrite and hematite specimens, and its pegmatites are even better known among mineral collectors for yielding fabulous polychrome elbaite, one of the nine mineral species for which Elba is the type locality.
Adding to the island's lure, its numerous classic and rare-species localities are set among lovely villages, majestic cliffs, and long sandy beaches. Elba's relaxed pace, fine food and wine, and rich flora and fauna invite hikers, sunbathers, cyclists, families, and mineral collectors to while away their vacations on this watery retreat off the Italian coast.
Contributions by: Federico Pezzotta, Christina Denison, Andrea Dini, Alessandro Genazzani, Renato Pagano
Edited by: Frank Hawthorne, Gunther Neumeier, Renato Pagano, Gloria Staebler, Tom Wilson
Illustrations by: Roberto Appiani, Andreas Dini, Alessandro Genazzani, Leda Giannettoni, Maximilian Glas, Rupert Hochleitner, Peter Huber, Silvio Lareida, Marco Lunghi, Gunther Neumeier, Paolo Orlandi, Federico Pezzotta, Jeff Scovil, Gloria Staebler, Jeroen Speybroeck, Franco Valoti, Harold & Erica van Pelt