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Kölnbreinkar, Kölnbreinspitze - Lausnock area, Malta valley, Hohe Tauern, Carinthia, Austria

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 47° 4' 50'' North , 13° 21' 55'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 47.08056,13.36528
Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe
Köppen climate type:Dfc : Subarctic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Kölnbreinkar, Gebiet Kölnbreinspitze - Lausnock, Maltatal, Hohe Tauern, Kärnten, Österreich

A former Au mine in the Kölnbreinkar, NE of the Lausnock at an elevation of 2400 to 2600 m.

The workings consist of 5 parallel trenches max 30 feet deep and up to 600 feet long in a N2°E-direction, starting at
Trench 1 N47.08297 E13.36346
Trench 2 N47.08066 E13.36537
Trench 3 N47.08199 E13.36665
Trench 3 ending at N47.08599 E13.36679
Trench 4 N47.08173 E13.36758
Trench 5 N47.08957 E13.36840

A mill stone was found at N47.08219 E13.37132 as well as some mercury showing that the ore was processed before it was transported down the valley possibly by mule trains (Säumer).

Panning for gold in the area next to the mill stone still shows some gold flakes.

Mineral List

21 valid minerals.

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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252.17 - 541 Ma

ID: 1380192
Paleozoic plutonic rocks

Age: Paleozoic (252.17 - 541 Ma)

Comments: Deep-seated to high-level intrusions are included. Many charnockites, anorthosites, and large ophiolites, classified as plutons, are distinguished in the database using the SIGNIF item. Ophiolites were classified as plutons, even where remnants may be extrusive and/or sedimentary.

Lithology: Plutonic rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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N. N. (1905): Eine Erinnerung an den Kölnbreiner Goldbergbau im Maltatale. Carinthia I, 15./95., Nr. 1: 30-31, Klagenfurt.
Kordon, F. (1968) Im Tal der stuerzenden Wasser.
Exner, C. (1982): Geologie der zentralen Hafnergruppe (Hohe Tauern). Jb. Geol. B.-A., 125, 51-154. []
Paar, W.H. (1997): New Data on the mineral of structurally controlled gold- silver mineralization of Salzburg and Carinthia Prov. of Austria.
Guenther, W. Paar, W.H. Hoeck, V. (2000), Schatzkammer Hohe Tauern:
2000 Jahre Goldbergbau.
Kandutsch, G, & Wachtler, M. (2002) Goldgrube Alpen Sammler, Sucher, Schatzgraeber.
Moertl J. (2003): Exkursion 4/2002: Lausnock (Arsen, Gold), Zwischenelendscharte (Kupfer-Blei-Zink-Vererzung) und Kleinelendtal (Zerrklüfte) (17. und 18. August 2002). Carinthia II, Mitt. Naturwiss. Ver. f. Ktn., 193./113.: 296-297, Klagenfurt.
Guenther, W., Paar, W.H., Gruber, F. (2006): Das Buch vom Tauerngold.
Pichler, A. (2009): Bergbau in Westkärnten. Eine Bestandsaufnahme der noch sichtbaren Merkmale der historischen Bergbaue in Westkärnten. - Carinthia II, 63. Sh., 416 S.

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