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Gaulsberg Quarry, Ortenberg, Vogelsberg, Hesse, Germany

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 21' 43'' North , 9° 3' 17'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.36194,9.05472
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Steinbruch am Gaulsberg, Ortenberg, Vogelsberg, Hessen, Deutschland

Basalt quarry with minerals in cavities and in altered xenoliths (rare). Good finds were made in the 1990s. The quarry has been closed 1. 1. 2010. It is completely fenced-in (situation 2015) (Stefan Koch information).

Mineral List

28 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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Miocene - Oligocene
5.333 - 33.9 Ma

ID: 3189462
Cenozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Cenozoic (5.333 - 33.9 Ma)

Lithology: Mafic volcanic 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]

Anisian - Late Permian
242 - 272.3 Ma

ID: 2612364

Age: Phanerozoic (242 - 272.3 Ma)

Lithology: Sandstone

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

Permian - Early Permian
252.17 - 298.9 Ma

ID: 3151034
Early sandstone

Age: Permian (252.17 - 298.9 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{sandstone}, Minor{conglomerate,mudstone}

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]

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- Hentschel, G. (1979): Hydrothermale Minerale im Basalt von Ortenberg (Vogelsberg). Geol. Jb. Hessen, 107, 193-196
- Hentschel, G. (1986): Paulingit und andere seltene Zeolithe in einem gefritteten Sandsteineinschluß im Basalt von Ortenberg (Vogelsberg). Geol. Jb. Hessen, 114, 249-256
- Schuster, M. (1995): Die Mineralien vom Gaulsberg bei Ortenberg. Aufschluss, 46, 51-68
- Kolitsch, U. (1997): Tacharanit vom Gaulsberg bei Ortenberg (Vogelsberg, Hessen). Mineralien-Welt 8 (2), 25-26
- Passaglia, E., Gualtieri, A., Marchi, E. (2001): The crystal chemistry of Paulingite, European Journal of Mineralogy. Vol. 13, 113-119

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