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Prester, Fossey mine, Astenet, Lontzen, Plombières-Vieille Montagne-Moresnet (Plombières-Altenberg-Moresnet) mining district, Verviers, Liège, Wallonia, Belgiumi
Regional Level Types
Prester- not defined -
Fossey mineMine
Astenet- not defined -
Lontzen- not defined -
Plombières-Vieille Montagne-Moresnet (Plombières-Altenberg-Moresnet) mining districtMining District
Verviers- not defined -

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Name(s) in local language(s):Prester
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 41' 50'' North , 6° 2' 45'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.69750,6.04611
GeoHash:G#: u1h23t4wk
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Nearest Settlements:
Lontzen4,862 (2011)3.3km
La Calamine10,232 (2011)3.4km
Raeren9,925 (2011)5.9km
Welkenraedt9,006 (2012)6.7km
Wolfhaag125 (2017)7.5km

The Fossey mine is located north of Astenet and 2.6 km SE of Moresnet.

Ancient zinc and lead mine (started in 1878 and abandoned in 1923) exploiting 6 ore bodies (Prester was the 5th ore-body, discovered in 1883.

There were two main shafts in Lindengraben, in Prester there was a ventilation shaft.

At the Prester shaft stood a large steam generator. Two electrical water pumps controlled the water level in the mine.

Prester and Lindengraben had an underground connection. From this connection at -35 meters they dug a dewatering adit to the river Gueule, more than 600 meters away. Through this dewatering adit, the Luise stollen, they also transported to the concentrator in Moresnet.

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate
Rhenish Massif, EuropeMassif
Eifel Mountains, Germany/BelgiumMountain Range

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

8 valid minerals.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
var: Schalenblende2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Group 9 - Silicates
Allophane9.ED.20(Al2O3)(SiO2)1.3-2 · 2.5-3H2O
Hemimorphite9.BD.10Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [4] coordination
Group 56 - SOROSILICATES Si2O7 Groups, With Additional O, OH, F and H2O
Si2O7 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [4] coordination
Hemimorphite56.1.2.1Zn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 1:1 layers
Allophane71.1.5.1(Al2O3)(SiO2)1.3-2 · 2.5-3H2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
var: Schalenblende

List of minerals for each chemical element

H Allophane(Al2O3)(SiO2)1.3-2 · 2.5-3H2O
H HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C SmithsoniteZnCO3
O Allophane(Al2O3)(SiO2)1.3-2 · 2.5-3H2O
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
O QuartzSiO2
O SmithsoniteZnCO3
O WillemiteZn2SiO4
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Al Allophane(Al2O3)(SiO2)1.3-2 · 2.5-3H2O
Si Allophane(Al2O3)(SiO2)1.3-2 · 2.5-3H2O
Si HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Si QuartzSiO2
Si WillemiteZn2SiO4
S GalenaPbS
S SphaleriteZnS
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Zn HemimorphiteZn4Si2O7(OH)2 · H2O
Zn SmithsoniteZnCO3
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn WillemiteZn2SiO4
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]

Late Devonian
358.9 - 382.7 Ma

ID: 2617895

Age: Late Devonian (358.9 - 382.7 Ma)

Description: marine deposits

Comments: vgl.671

Lithology: Argillaceous shale, slate, and/or schist, sandstone, graywacke, quartzite, limestone

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

Late Devonian - Middle Devonian
358.9 - 393.3 Ma

ID: 3151103
Middle Devonian claystone

Age: Devonian (358.9 - 393.3 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{claystone}, Minor{limestone,sandstone,conglomerate}

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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