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Silbergrube, Waidhaus, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 49° 38' 26'' North , 12° 28' 41'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 49.64056,12.47833
GeoHash:G#: u2bf7uy3n
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Silbergrube, Waidhaus, Oberpfalz, Bayern, Deutschland

An aplite quarry which works the remains of a now largely eroded granitic pegmatite. The locality is known for a large variety of rare phosphates.

Located about 1 km west of Waidhaus.

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65 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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Early Permian - Late Devonian
272.3 - 382.7 Ma

ID: 3188790
Paleozoic intrusive rocks

Age: Paleozoic (272.3 - 382.7 Ma)

Lithology: Intrusive igneous rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

541 - 1000 Ma

ID: 2607486

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Description: metamorphic

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]

541 - 1000 Ma

ID: 3132842
Proterozoic III gneiss

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Major:{gneiss}, Minor{phyllite,mica schist}

Reference: Asch, K. The 1:5M International Geological Map of Europe and Adjacent Areas: Development and Implementation of a GIS-enabled Concept. Geologisches Jahrbuch, SA 3. [147]

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Der Aufschluss, special ed. 1967, 188-190.
Kastning, J. (1992) Über Neufunde von Phosphatmineralien aus der 'Silbergrube', Waidhaus/Opf. Der Aufschluss, 43, 27-33.
Kastning, J. and Schnorrer, G. (1996) Die Phosphatmineralien der 'Silbergrube' in Waidhaus/Oberpfalz. Lapis, 21 (5), 13-22.
Novák, J.K., Pivec, E., and Štemprok, M. (1996) Hydrated iron phosphates in muscovite-albite granite from Waidhaus (Oberpfalz, Germany) [Hydratované fosfáty železa v muskovit-albitovém granitu z Waidhausu (Oberpfalz, Německo)]. Journal of the Czech Geological Society, 41 (3-4), 201-207.
Blaß, G. and Graf, H.W. (1997) Neues aus der 'Silbergrube' Weidhaus in der Oberpfalz. Mineralien-Welt, 8 (4), 21ff.
Schlüter, J. and Kastning, J. (1999) Das neue Phosphatmineral Kastningit und weitere Neufunde aus Waidhaus, Oberpfalz. Lapis, 24 (6), 39-42.
Dill, H.G., Weber, B., Gerdes, A., and Melcher, F. (2008) The Fe-Mn phosphate aplite 'Silbergrube' near Waidhaus, Germany: epithermal phosphate mineralization in the Hagendorf-Pleystein pegmatite province. Mineralogical Magazine 72, 1119-1144.

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