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Kolbenberg iron mines, Nothweiler, Dahn (Dahner Felsenland), Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 49° North , 7° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~2km
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Eisengruben am Kolbenberg, Nothweiler, Dahn (Dahner Felsenland), Pfalz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland

Triassic sandstones hosting iron bearing veins with very minor lead and zinc mineralization. The Nothweiler vein system has a lengths of about 12km extending from Erlenbach in Palatinate into northern Alsace where Pb and Zn ores were more abundant in the old mines of Katzenthal forest (see: Katzenthal forest, Lembach, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France).

Mining activities date back into 16th century and ended 1883. The ore was processed in the nearby village Schönau. Since 1978 the Anna-Stollen mine has been reopened as a visitor mine.

Note: All the Pb, Zn, Cu and Ag minerals described by Heidtke and Schnorrer-Köhler (1986) were from a single find made in Katzenthal forest in Alsace and not from Nothweiler on the Palatinate side of the vein system.

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- Heidtke, U. und Schnorrer-Köhler, G. (1986) Minerale des Erzganges von Nothweiler im pfälzisch-elsässischen Grenzgebiet. Aufschluss 37, 125-135.
- Held, U. und Günther, M.A. (1993) Geologie und Tektonik der Eisenerzlagerstätte Nothweiler am Westrand des Oberrheingrabens. Jber. Mitt. oberrhein. geol. Ver., N.F. 75, 197-215.
- Walling, H. (2005) Der Erzbergbau in der Pfalz. Landesamt für Geologie und Bergbau Rheinland-Pfalz (Mainz), 228 pp.

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