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Knappenwand, Knappenwand area, Untersulzbach valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria
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Name(s) in local language(s): Knappenwand, Knappenwandgebiet, Untersulzbachtal, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Österreich
 
Clefts in epidote-amphibolites of the so-called Knappenwandmulde series. The well known mineralization with outstanding epidote crystals is restricted to places where these clefts intersect with an aplite vein. The locality owes its discovery in 1865 to prospection works in search of copper ores, which occur at several places both at the Knappenwand and in its vicinity. Rarely, fine bornite crystals occur in association with epidote. The deposit was intermittently worked for epidote until 1956. Later, specimens were recovered during a scientific project guided by staff from the National History Museum of Vienna.
Presently (2007), the site is leased by the Zukunftkollegium Neukirchen and mined for specimens.

Mineral List

Actinolite
Albite
Amphibole Supergroup
var: Byssolite

Anglesite
'Apatite'
Azurite
Bavenite
Bornite
Calcite
Cerussite
Chalcopyrite
'Chlorite Group'
Cyanotrichite
Diopside
Epidote
Fluorapatite
Galena
Goethite
Gypsum
Ilmenite
'K Feldspar
var: Adularia'

Lepidocrocite
Malachite
'Manganogel'
Marcasite
Molybdenite
Pyrite
Quartz
var: Rock Crystal
Scheelite
'Siderogel'
Titanite


32 entries listed. 25 valid minerals.

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References

- Seemann, R. (1986): Famous mineral localities: Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal (Austria). Mineralogical Record 17(3), 167-181.
- Seemann, R. (1987): Epidotfundstelle Knappenwand. Geschichte, Geologie, Mineralien. 2nd ed., Bode Verlag, Haltern, Germany, 48 pp.
- A. Strasser: Die Minerale Salzburgs (1989)
- R. Exel: Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs (1993)
- Seemann, R. (1993): Geolehrpfad Knappenwand Untersulzbachtal. Naturkundlicher Führer zum Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Band 10, Österreichischer Alpenverein, Innsbruck, Austria, 115 pp.

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