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Aurora Mine, Weiden, Herrstein, Birkenfeld, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germanyi
Regional Level Types
Aurora MineMine
Weiden- not defined -
HerrsteinCollective Municipality
Birkenfeld- not defined -

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Name(s) in local language(s):Grube Aurora, Weiden, Herrstein, Hunsrück, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 49° 48' 29'' North , 7° 18' 1'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 49.80806,7.30028
GeoHash:G#: u0v5q57bu
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Ancient mine on base metal ores (Pb, Ag, Zn, Cu) occuring in quartz veins hosted by devonian (meta-)sediments. First documented mining activity in Weiden around 1600, the Aurora Mine sensu strictu started in 1856/58. The mine was closed in 1900.
The mining site with the engine shaft was situated at the northern margin of the village of Weiden. The area is landscaped now, a monument reminds about the mining history.

Regions containing this locality

Rhenish Massif, Europe

Massif - 1,169 mineral species & varietal names listed

Hunsrück mountains, Germany

Mountain Range - 256 mineral species & varietal names listed

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

4 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: PbS
Reference: www.mineralienfreunde-der-pfalz.de
Formula: FeS2
Reference: www.mineralienfreunde-der-pfalz.de
Formula: SiO2
Reference: www.mineralienfreunde-der-pfalz.de
Formula: ZnS
Reference: www.mineralienfreunde-der-pfalz.de

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si

List of minerals for each chemical element

O QuartzSiO2
Si QuartzSiO2
S GalenaPbS
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
Fe PyriteFeS2
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Pb GalenaPbS

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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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]

Emsian - Early Devonian
393.3 - 419.2 Ma

ID: 2608835
Hunsrück Slate

Age: Early Devonian (393.3 - 419.2 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Hunsrück Slate

Description: marine deposits

Lithology: Claystone, siltstone

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

Early Devonian
393.3 - 419.2 Ma

ID: 3159802
Early Devonian quartzite

Age: Early Devonian (393.3 - 419.2 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{quartzite}, Minor{sandstone,shale/slate}

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]

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)
- Hehner, Walter (1967): Die Blei- und Silbererzgrube Aurora bei Idar-Oberstein. Der Aufschluß, 18, pp 3-4.
- Keller, August (1956); Das Blei- und Silbererzbergwerk "Aurora" bei Weiden. - Manuscript, Archive Landesamt für Geologie und Bergbau Rheinland-Pfalz.
- Klein, Karl (1984): Die Geschichte der Weidener Blei- und Silbererzgrube "Aurora". - Heimatkalender des Landkreises Birkenfeld, pp 110-114.

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