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Bluttenberg, Ste Marie-aux-Mines (Markirch), Haut-Rhin, Grand Est, France

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 48° 11' 20'' North , 7° 8' 23'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 48.18889,7.13972
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Alsace

The Bluttenberg area includes copper-and lead-bearing veins in the southern contact aureole of the Brézouard massif, which have been mined since the 16th century. Primary ores were chalcopyrite and galena, in a gangue of mainly quartz and siderite.

The minerals occurring on the now largely overgrown dumps show that the deposit had an important gossan zone. The dump material also included slags and products from a fire-setting paragenesis (e.g. shannonite, elyite). Secondary minerals of lead and copper were occurring abundantly.

As this locality lies in the Sainte Marie-aux-Mines district, the place is protected by a archaeological mining district status and all collecting is prohibited.

Mineral List

41 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Early Paleozoic - Proterozoic
443.8 - 2500 Ma

ID: 2599886

Age: to Ordovician (443.8 - 2500 Ma)

Description: metamorphic

Comments: Sammel-Code for gneiss in the Odenwald, Black Forest, Vosges

Lithology: Paragneiss

Reference: Toloczyki, M., P. Trurnit, A. Voges, H. Wittekindt, A. Zitzmann. Geological Map of Germany 1:M. Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe. [94]

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- WEIL, R., SIAT, A. & FLUCK, P. (1975): Espèces minérales inédites ou rares des Vosges. - Sci. Géol., Bull. 28 (4), 261-282.
- BARI, H. (1977): Minéralogie du Bluttenberg (district de Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines). - Pierres et Terres 12, 40-47.
- BARI, H. (1978): La tsumébite. - Minéraux et Fossiles 47, 22.
- BARI, H. (1983): Markirch/Elsass. Die Mineralien des berühmten Bergbaureviers. - Lapis 8 (6), 9-37. (in German)
- J.-L. Hohl: "Minéraux et Mines du Massif Vosgien", Editions du Rhin (Mulhouse), 1994
- U. Kolitsch (1997): New mineral occurrences from some localities in the Vosges, France: Triembach, Bluttenberg and Val d'Ajol. Aufschluss 48 (2), 65-91. (in German)
- Paul De Bondt and Thierry Brunsperger.

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