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Schmiedestollen dump, Wittichen, Schenkenzell, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 48° 20' 12'' North , 8° 20' 29'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 48.33694,8.34139
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Schmiedestollenhalde, Wittichen, Schenkenzell, Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland

This is a collecting locality, not a mineral occurrence locality.

The most famous dump in the Wittichen area, heavily worked over. It does not belong to a single actual mine but was driven to haul ores from the nearby Alt St Joseph and Gnade Gottes mines, to which it is connected underground.

Small amounts of slag also occur in the dump; the slag mineralogy was described by Nieding (1980).

Mineral List

87 valid minerals. 2 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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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Carboniferous - Late Devonian
298.9 - 382.7 Ma

ID: 2604053

Age: Paleozoic (298.9 - 382.7 Ma)

Description: plutonic

Comments: Variscan granite

Lithology: Granite

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

Late Carboniferous - Late Devonian
298.9 - 382.7 Ma

ID: 3151800
Late Devonian granite

Age: Paleozoic (298.9 - 382.7 Ma)

Lithology: Granite

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]

541 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3190480
Proterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Proterozoic (541 - 2500 Ma)

Lithology: Crystalline metamorphic 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]

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Kirchheimer, F. (1951) Die Uranerzvorkommen im mittleren Schwarzwald. Mitteilungsblatt der Badischen Geologischen Landesanstalt, 2-74 + 13 schedules (in German).
Walenta, K. (1972) Die Sekundärmineralien der Co-Ni-Ag-Bi-U-Erzgänge im Gebiet von Wittichen im mittleren Schwarzwald. Der Aufschluß, 23, 279-329 (in German).
Walenta, K. (1987) Wittichen. Lapis 12 (7/8), 13-55 (in German).
Heintz, J.C. (1990) La halde de la "Schmiedestollen" à Wittichen, Forêt Noire. Minéraux et Fossiles (179), 15-19.
Nieding, E. (1990) Rezente Mineralbildungen in Schlacken der Schmiedestollenhalde in Wittichen/Schwarzwald. Aufschluss, 41, 361-364.
Walenta, K. (1992) Die Mineralien des Schwarzwaldes. Weise (Munich).
Slotta, C. (2016) Von Carlhintzeit bis Pradeit: Neue Mineralfunde aus dem Schwarzwald. Lapis 41 (2), 30-31 (in German).

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