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Graphite mine, Palbersdorf, Thörl, Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Austria

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 47° 31' 20'' North , 15° 13' 49'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 47.5222222222, 15.2302777778
Name(s) in local language(s):Graphit-Bergbau, Palbersdorf, Thörl, Bruck an der Mur, Steiermark, Österreich
Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe


A former graphite mine, located 2.5 km S of Aflenz Kurort, at N47.52217 E15.23022.
It comprised 2 adits, about 500 m long, running WNW under the Schöckel and a shaft about 100 m deep.
Before WWI the mine was operated by the “Aflenzer Grafit- und Talksteingewerkschaft GmbH-Wien”. The operation was shut down around 1933 for economic reasons.
The carbon content was reported to be 49 %. Another source in 1925 mentioned 71 % but this is highly unlikely and was probably part of a sales pitch.
Besides the graphite a smaller amount of talk was produced.
Another, much smaller, graphite mine was located nearby, S of Wappensteinhammer at approx. N47.51849 E15.23937.
In 1955 the adits were still partly accessible, but in 1977 the adits were caved in, only the entrances and the dumps behind the railway station “Aflenz” were still visible. “Pingen” could also be seen and these allowed following the adits on the surface.


Lagerstätten Inventar Nr. 138 (gbanr 138.1956).

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References

Chanstoft, Elias (1908) : Der Talksteinbergbau der Aflenzer Talkstein-Gewerkschaft G. m. b. H. in Palbersdorf bei Aflenz. (Montanzeitung für Österreich-Ungarn und die Balkanländer , 38.

Die Aflenzer Graphit- und Talkstein - Gewerkschaft, (1908) G.m.b.H. in Montan-Zeitung für Österreich-Ungarn und die Balkanländer.

Spengler, E. (1920) : Zur Tektonik des obersteirischen Karbonzuges bei Thörl und Turnau , in Jahrbuch der Geologischen Reichsanstalt LXX 1920.

SPENGLER, E., STINI, J. (1926): Erläuterungen zur geologischen Spezialkarte Blatt Eisenerz, Wildalpe und Aflenz.-100 S., Geol.B.-A., Wien.

Janda, I. Schroll, E. (1960) : Geochemische Untersuchungen an Graphitgesteinen. - Geochem. Cycles, Internat. Geol. Congress 40-53 (Copenhagen).

Klar, G. (1964) : Steirische Graphite, Verlag Styria.

Scharfe, G. P. (1977) Graphitvorkommen der Steiermark exklusive Kaisersberg und Sunk, Leoben.

Scharfe, G. P. (1981) Steirische Graphitvorkommen, Mitt. Abt. Geol. Paläont. Bergb. Landesmuseum Joanneum, Heft 42.

Weber, L. (1997) Handbuch der Lagerstätten der Erze, Industrieminerale und Energierohstoffe Österreichs. Archiv für Lagerstättenforschung, Band 19. p. 341.

Rantitsch, G. et al (2004) : Conversion of carbonaceous material to graphite within the Greywacke Zone of the Eastern Alps. Springer-Verlag.

Rantitsch, G. Bechtel, A. Bojar, A. (2010) : Die Kohlenstoffisotopen-Zusammensetzung der Graphite und Semi-Graphite der östlichen Grauwackenzone (Ostalpen, Österreich), in Mitt. des naturw. Vereines für Steiermark, Bd 140, p. 31-36.

External Links

http://www.gmld.at/berichte/96438.pdf (Scharfe, G. P. (1977) Graphitvorkommen der Steiermark exklusive Kaisersberg und Sunk, Leoben)
http://www.landesmuseum.at/pdf_frei_remote/JbGeolReichsanst_70_0235-0254.pdf (Spengler, E. : Zur Tektonik des obersteirischen Karbonzuges bei Thörl und Turnau. )
http://www.museum-joanneum.at/upload/file/Geologie/Mitteilungen/42_9%20Scharfe.pdf (Scharfe, G. P. (1981) Steirische Graphitvorkommen)
http://www.uni-graz.at/~bojar/index_files/Rantischetal_MNJ_2010.pdf (Rantitsch, G. Bechtel, A. Bojar, A. (2010) : Die Kohlenstoffisotopen-Zusammensetzung der Graphite ...)
http://www.landesmuseum.at/pdf_frei_remote/ArchivLagerst-GBA_19_0001-0607.pdf (Weber, L. (1997) Handbuch der Lagerstätten der Erze, Industrieminerale und Energierohstoffe Österreichs. Archiv für Lagerstättenforschung, Band 19)

 
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