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Linck marble works, Hochstädten, Bensheim, Odenwald, Hesse, Germany

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 49° 42' 25'' North , 8° 39' 1'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 49.70694,8.65028
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Marmorwerk Linck, Hochstädten, Bensheim, Odenwald, Hessen, Deutschland

An old mine in calcite marble on the north slope of Ludwigshöhe mountain, southeast of Hochstädten. It was started in 1860, when an inclined shaft was sunk at Rossbach, a hamlet in the valley between Ludwigshöhe mountain and Bangertshöhe mountain, where marble was already mined since the early 18th century. Until 1865, two underground levels had been driven and the mine employed 10 workers. The marble was processed in four lime kilns, that had been built near the mine. In 1905, after the mine had been taken over by a Dr. Linck, the upper level was stoped to the surface and during the following years, marble was mainly produced from the resulting open cut. At the same time, a third level was driven and since 1920, marble was raised again mainly from the underground workings. The material was now used to produce mortar (trade name: Marmorit). During the second world war, an ammunition manufacture was installed inside the mine and the workings lay idle. They were restarted in 1946 and until 1952, three further levels were driven that are connected by a winze. When the mine was abandoned in 1974, the workings were 130 m deep and extended 450 m along strike of the marble-bearing zone.

The grid reference marks the open cut, which is heavily overgrown but still accessible. Minerals can also be collected from scattered dump material around the foundations of the old lime kilns, which are located in the valley northeast of the open cut.

Mineral List

77 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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2.588 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 3185393
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Neogene (2.588 - 23.03 Ma)

Comments: Rhine Graben

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]

2.588 - 5.333 Ma

ID: 3162675
Pliocene sandstone

Age: Pliocene (2.588 - 5.333 Ma)

Lithology: Major:{sandstone}, Minor{claystone,siltstone,lignite}

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]

298.9 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 2621571

Age: Carboniferous (298.9 - 358.9 Ma)

Description: plutonic

Comments: Redwitzite = granite variant, rich in biotite and hornblende (sdl. Prague also Gabbro)

Lithology: Diorit, redwitzite

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

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- Der Aufschluss 1977(6), 226.
- Lapis 1980(7/8), 16.
- Nickel, E., and Fettel, M. (1985): Odenwald. Sammlung geologischer Führer Vol. 65, 2nd ed., Bornträger (Berlin, Stuttgart), 231 pp.
- Weiß, S. (1990): Mineralfundstellenatlas, Deutschland West. Weise (Munich), 320 pp.

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