Strømsheia (Straumsheia), Valle, Aust-Agder, Norway
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||59° 6' 30'' North , 7° 44' 42'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||59.10860,7.74526|
|Other regions containing this locality:||Scandinavia|
|Köppen climate type:||Dfc : Subarctic climate|
|Name(s) in local language(s):||Strømsheia (Straumsheia), Valle kommune, Aust-Agder fylke, Norge|
The story goes that a business man from Kristiansand by the name Peder Linde in about 1680 had found silver ore 20 km away from a farm by the name Strømme.
Here he built dam, smelter, several houses and he took out a significant quantity ore ("en stor Hoben Malm"). It is assumed that Linde mined what is known as the Gamle mine.
There is considerable uncertainty as to what made Linde stop mining, and a historical document asserting that he was afraid that the dammed up lake would flood the mine, seems improbable.
It seems more reasonable to assume that the rich ores from the beginning were exhausted, and further mining was not profitable.
From Linde's time, there was some rich ore left over near the mine, and in 1823 Ole Sangesand built a smelter near the mine. He managed to smelt a few "kløver" (This is the load a horse can carry) copper.
In 1825 professor Esmark visited Straumsheia and he claimed the mining right, but it is not known if he actually mined the deposits.
In 1844 was diplomat Reinhardt from Kristiansand owner of the deposits, and both the Amalie and Gamle mine were in production.
In 1845 a new company was founded, the Setesdalens kobberværk, and in that same year the obtained the rights to mine in the Kong Oscars, Amalie, Gamle, Kvævind and Brattebrok mines.
Later the right were taken over by the Evje nikkelverk who studied the area thoroughly, but concluded that further mining was not profitable.
It is assumed that the mines at the Straumsheia hardly can have produced more than 100 tons of copper.
N.B. On modern maps the Gamle mine is erronously called Kongens mine. The location of the latter is unknown at this point in time.
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541 - 2500 Ma
|Proterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks|
Age: Proterozoic (541 - 2500 Ma)
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. 
1000 - 1600 Ma
|Proterozoic II meta-sandstone|
Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1600 Ma)
Description: undifferentiated metamorphic
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.