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Segen Gottes Mine, Wiesloch, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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Latitude: 49°17'48"N
Longitude: 8°43'14"E
 
Name(s) in local language(s): Grube Segen Gottes, Wiesloch, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland
 
An old lead and zinc mine, closed in 1953. The mine site and most of the dumps have been landscaped. Part of a dump remains east of the road leading from Altwiesloch to Dielheim, but it is heavily overgrown and most of the sulphides have decomposed into a dark mass that smells of sulphurous oxide.

The mine worked a hydrothermal-metasomatic zinc-lead-silver deposit of Mississippi Valley type (MVT), which is hosted in shell limestones and controlled by a system of SE-trending fractures. The main ore was Schalenblende, composed of sphalerite and galena with minor marcasite and melnikovite (and no wurtzite at this locality !), which often formed botryoidal concretions of a stalactite-like shape that were up to 40 cm long and up to 15 cm across.

A very smilar mineral paragenesis was found in the limestone quarry near Nußloch (see: http://www.mindat.org/loc-32056.html).

Mineral List

Anglesite
'Asphaltum'
Azurite
Baryte
'Bindheimite'
Calcite
Cerussite
Chalcopyrite
Dolomite
Galena
Geocronite
Gratonite
Gypsum
Hutchinsonite
Hydrozincite
Jordanite
Kermesite
'Limonite'
Livingstonite
'Melnikovite'
Meneghinite
Metastibnite
Mimetite
Orpiment
Plagionite
Pyrite
Pyrolusite
Realgar
'Roméite Group
var: Stibiconite'

'Schalenblende'
Seligmannite
Semseyite
Smithite
Smithsonite
Sphalerite
Sulphur


36 entries listed. 30 valid minerals.

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References

- Seeliger, E. (1963): Die Paragenese der Pb-Zn-Lagerstätte am Gänsberg bei Wiesloch (Baden) und ihre genetischen Beziehungen zu den Gängen im Odenwaldkristallin zu Altwiesloch und der Vererzung der Trias des Kraichgaues. Jh. geol. Landesamt Bad.-Württ., 6, 239-99.
- Lapis 1985(12), 23-24.
- Nickel, E., and Fettel, M. (1985): Odenwald. Sammlung geologischer Führer Vol. 65, 2nd ed., Bornträger (Berlin, Stuttgart), 231 pp
- Weiß, S. (1990): Mineralfundstellenatlas, Deutschland West. Weise (Munich), 320 pp.
- Pfaff, K., Hildebrandt, L.H., Leach, D.L., Jacob, D.E., and Markl, G. (2010): Formation of the Wiesloch Mississippi Valley-type Zn-Pb-Ag deposit in the extensional setting of the Upper Rhinegraben, SW Germany. Mineralium Deposita 45, 647-666.

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