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Knappenwand, Knappenwand area, Untersulzbach valley, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Austria

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 47° 13' 21'' North , 12° 16' 41'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 47.2225, 12.2780555556
Name(s) in local language(s):Knappenwand, Knappenwandgebiet, Untersulzbachtal, Hohe Tauern, Salzburg, Österreich
Other regions containing this locality:The Alps, Europe

Clefts in epidote-amphibolites of the so-called Knappenwandmulde series. The well known mineralization with outstanding epidote crystals is restricted to places where these clefts intersect with an aplite vein. The locality owes its discovery in 1865 to prospection works in search of copper ores, which occur at several places both at the Knappenwand and in its vicinity. Rarely, fine bornite crystals occur in association with epidote. The deposit was intermittently worked for epidote until 1956. Later, specimens were recovered during a scientific project guided by staff from the National History Museum of Vienna.
Presently (2007), the site is leased by the Zukunftkollegium Neukirchen and mined for specimens.

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26 valid minerals.

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- Seemann, R. (1986): Famous mineral localities: Knappenwand, Untersulzbachtal (Austria). Mineralogical Record 17(3), 167-181.
- Seemann, R. (1987): Epidotfundstelle Knappenwand. Geschichte, Geologie, Mineralien. 2nd ed., Bode Verlag, Haltern, Germany, 48 pp.
- A. Strasser (1989): Die Minerale Salzburgs.
- R. Exel (1993): Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs.
- Seemann, R. (1993): Geolehrpfad Knappenwand Untersulzbachtal. Naturkundlicher Führer zum Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, Band 10, Österreichischer Alpenverein, Innsbruck, Austria, 115 pp.
- Koller, F. (2007): Weltfundstelle Knappenwand. Österreichs berühmtestes Mineralvorkommen. Pinzgau, ExtraLapis 32. Christian Weisse Verlag, 62-69
- Burgsteiner, E (2002): Epidotfundstelle Knappenwand im Untersulzbachtal. Kristallschätze, Mineraliensammler im Oberpinzgau. Bode Verlag, Haltern, Germany, 44-53.
- Kandutsch, G., Wachtler, M. (2000): Die Epidote der Knappenwand. Die Kristallsucher, Band 2. Christian Weisse Verlag, 120-123.

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