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Rauschermühle Quarry, Niederkirchen, Otterbach-Otterberg, Kaiserslautern District, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germanyi
Regional Level Types
Rauschermühle QuarryQuarry
Niederkirchen- not defined -
Otterbach-OtterbergCollective Municipality
Kaiserslautern DistrictDistrict

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Name(s) in local language(s):Steinbruch Rauschermühle, Niederkirchen, Otterberg, Pfalz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 49° 33' 51'' North , 7° 41' 21'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 49.56444,7.68944
GeoHash:G#: u0v3yyzmc
Locality type:Quarry
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Nearest Settlements:
Niederkirchen2,067 (2011)2.2km
Schallodenbach942 (2011)2.5km
Olsbrücken1,187 (2017)3.6km
Hefersweiler501 (2011)4.0km
Relsberg214 (2011)4.3km

Abandoned gabbro-diabase quarry, now on the site of a nature reserve where collecting is strictly prohibited.
Located 1.5 km SSW of Niederkirchen.

NOTE: Electron diffraction studies of a pectolite sample from this locality produced a pattern similar to that of "parawollastonite", and the name "parapectolite" was proposed for this new phase (Müller, 1976). Meanwhile, the polytype has been renamed to "pectolite-M2abc".

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
The Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate, GermanyRegion (Historical)

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

14 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: Na(AlSi3O8)
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: Na(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: CaB(SiO4)(OH)
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: {Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
'Grossular-Hibschite Series'
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Gypsum var: Selenite
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: Ca2Fe2+Fe3+2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: CaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: Na2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: NaCa2Si3O8(OH)
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: NaCa2[HSi3O9]
Reference: W.F.Muller (1976) - On stacking disorder and polytypism in pectolite and serandite. Z. Kristallogr., 144, 401-408
Formula: Ca2Al2Si3O10(OH)2
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Reference: Weiss: "Mineralfundstellen, Deutschland West", Weise (Munich), 1990
Formula: Ca2MgAl2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Reference: Jan H.Bernard and Jaroslav Hyrsl,2004, Minerals and their Localities, pg #487

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Gypsum7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
var: Selenite7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 9 - Silicates
Analcime9.GB.05Na(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Fluorapophyllite-(K)9.EA.15KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Julgoldite-(Fe2+)9.BG.20Ca2Fe2+Fe3+2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Laumontite9.GB.10CaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Natrolite9.GA.05Na2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Pumpellyite-(Mg)9.BG.20Ca2MgAl2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Grossular-Hibschite Series'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 54 - NESOSILICATES Borosilicates and Some Beryllosilicates
Borosilicates and Some Beryllosilicates with B in [4] coordination
Group 58 - SOROSILICATES Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups
Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups with cations in [6] and higher coordination; single and double groups (n = 1, 2)
Julgoldite-(Fe2+) · H2O
Pumpellyite-(Mg) · H2O
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=3
Group 72 - PHYLLOSILICATES Two-Dimensional Infinite Sheets with Other Than Six-Membered Rings
Two-Dimensional Infinite Sheets with Other Than Six-Membered Rings with 4-membered rings
Two-Dimensional Infinite Sheets with Other Than Six-Membered Rings with 3-, 4-, or 5-membered rings and 8-membered rings
Fluorapophyllite-(K),OH) · 8H2O
Group 76 - TECTOSILICATES Al-Si Framework
Al-Si Framework with Al-Si frameworks
Group 77 - TECTOSILICATES Zeolites
Zeolite group - True zeolites
Analcime77.1.1.1Na(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Laumontite77.1.1.4CaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Natrolite77.1.5.1Na2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Grossular-Hibschite Series'-
var: Selenite
-CaSO4 · 2H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

H AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
H Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
H DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
H Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
H Julgoldite-(Fe2+)Ca2Fe2+Fe23+(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
H LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
H NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
H PectoliteNaCa2Si3O8(OH)
H PrehniteCa2Al2Si3O10(OH)2
H Gypsum (var: Selenite)CaSO4 · 2H2O
H Pectolite-M2abcNaCa2[HSi3O9]
H Pumpellyite-(Mg)Ca2MgAl2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
B DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
C CalciteCaCO3
O AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
O AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
O Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
O CalciteCaCO3
O DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
O Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O Julgoldite-(Fe2+)Ca2Fe2+Fe23+(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
O LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
O NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
O PectoliteNaCa2Si3O8(OH)
O PrehniteCa2Al2Si3O10(OH)2
O Gypsum (var: Selenite)CaSO4 · 2H2O
O Pectolite-M2abcNaCa2[HSi3O9]
O Pumpellyite-(Mg)Ca2MgAl2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
F Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Na AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Na AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Na NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Na PectoliteNaCa2Si3O8(OH)
Na Pectolite-M2abcNaCa2[HSi3O9]
Mg Pumpellyite-(Mg)Ca2MgAl2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Al AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Al AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Al Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Al LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Al NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Al PrehniteCa2Al2Si3O10(OH)2
Al Pumpellyite-(Mg)Ca2MgAl2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Si AlbiteNa(AlSi3O8)
Si AnalcimeNa(AlSi2O6) · H2O
Si Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Si DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
Si Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Si Julgoldite-(Fe2+)Ca2Fe2+Fe23+(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Si LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Si NatroliteNa2Al2Si3O10 · 2H2O
Si PectoliteNaCa2Si3O8(OH)
Si PrehniteCa2Al2Si3O10(OH)2
Si Pectolite-M2abcNaCa2[HSi3O9]
Si Pumpellyite-(Mg)Ca2MgAl2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S Gypsum (var: Selenite)CaSO4 · 2H2O
K Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Ca Fluorapophyllite-(K)KCa4(Si8O20)(F,OH) · 8H2O
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca DatoliteCaB(SiO4)(OH)
Ca Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca Julgoldite-(Fe2+)Ca2Fe2+Fe23+(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Ca LaumontiteCaAl2Si4O12 · 4H2O
Ca PectoliteNaCa2Si3O8(OH)
Ca PrehniteCa2Al2Si3O10(OH)2
Ca Gypsum (var: Selenite)CaSO4 · 2H2O
Ca Pectolite-M2abcNaCa2[HSi3O9]
Ca Pumpellyite-(Mg)Ca2MgAl2(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Fe Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Fe Julgoldite-(Fe2+)Ca2Fe2+Fe23+(Si2O7)(SiO4)(OH)2 · H2O
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2

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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Permian - Early Permian
251.902 - 298.9 Ma

ID: 3161907
Early shale/slate

Age: Phanerozoic (251.902 - 298.9 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{shale/slate}, Minor{sandstone,conglomerate,coal}

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]

Guadalupian - Late Carboniferous
259.1 - 323.2 Ma

ID: 2604745

Age: Paleozoic (259.1 - 323.2 Ma)

Description: volcanic

Comments: Mainly andesite lavas, subordinate basalt; also tuffs, veins and subvolcanic intrusions with cuselite and tholeiite

Lithology: Andesite, latite, dacite (porphyry) and basalt (melaphyre)

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

358.9 - 419.2 Ma

ID: 3186341
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Devonian (358.9 - 419.2 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary 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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License


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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
- Hering, O.: (1956) Mineralien von der Rauschermühle bei Niederkirchen (Pfalz)- Neues Jb. Mineral., Mh., 3, 68-71
- Muller, W.F. (1976) On stacking disorder and polytypism in pectolite and serandite. Z. Kristallogr., 144, 401-408.
- Lapis (1977): 3(6): 9.
- Fleischer, M., L.J. Cabri, G.Y.Chao and A.Pabst (1978) - New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 63: 424-427.
- Emser Hefte 1987(1), 58-63
- Kohout, K. (1990): Lapis 15(9), 38.
- Hofmeister, W. and von Platen, H. (1990) Hydrothermale Mineralisationen in subvulkanischen basischen Lagergängen des Saar-Nahe-Gebietes, Mitt. POLLICHIA 77, 147-156
- Kohout, K. (1998): Lapis 23(11), 13-19.

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