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Virneberg Mine (St Josephsberg Mine), Rheinbreitbach, Linz am Rhein, Westerwald, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 37' 4'' North , 7° 14' 57'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.6177777778, 7.24944444444
Name(s) in local language(s):Grube Virneberg (Grube St Josephsberg), Rheinbreitbach, Linz am Rhein, Westerwald, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland

Ancient copper mine worked intermittently from 1611 to 1872. The deposit itself was already worked for copper in Roman times.

Located 2.3 km east of Rheinbreitbach.

Note: the slags, which provided secondary slag minerals, are listed as a sublocality.

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79 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Localities in this Region

  • Rhineland-Palatinate
    • Westerwald
      • Linz am Rhein
        • Rheinbreitbach

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Heusler, C. (1897) Beschreibung des Bergreviers Brühl-Unkel, Verlag Adolph Marcus, Bonn.

Magma (1984)(4), 76-94.

Emser Hefte (1985)(4), 8-9.

Lapis 1987(12), 32.

Schnorrer-Köhler, G. (1988) Mineralogische Notizen IV. Der Aufschluss, Vol. 39, 153-168.

Markl, G. (1989) Die Grube Virneberg 1987: Bilanz einer Sammelsaison. Der Aufschluss, Vol. 40, 187-195.

Krause, W. (1991) Chenit von der Grube Virneberg bei Rheinbreitbach. Der Aufschluss, 42, 147-153.

Habel, B. (2011) Rockbridgeit und Mitridatit von der ehemaligen Grube Virneberg. Mineralien-Welt. 22 (2): 37.

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