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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): 48.1888888889, 7.13972222222
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.

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41 valid minerals.

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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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