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Gamle Mine, Strømsheia (Straumsheia), Valle, Aust-Agder, Norway

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 59° 6' 1'' North , 7° 44' 43'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 59.10052,7.74550
Other regions containing this locality:Scandinavia
Köppen climate type:Dfc : Subarctic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Gamle gruve, Strømsheia (Straumsheia), Valle kommune, Aust-Agder fylke, Norge

The Gamle mine is probably the oldest of the mines at the Straumsheia, and first mined in 1860 by business man Peder Linde from Kristiansand.

The mine consists of a shallow quarry with some minor vertical shafts.

In 1844 determined Scheerer (Neumann 1954) that the average copper content of two piles of ore near the mine was respectively 66,39 and 37,97%.

According to professor Esmark (Neumann 1954) contain the ore 0,69% silver and some gold.

Mineral List

13 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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541 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3186372
Proterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Proterozoic (541 - 2500 Ma)

Lithology: Granitoid gneiss; orthogneiss/paragneiss

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]

1000 - 1600 Ma

ID: 3132753
Proterozoic II meta-sandstone

Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1600 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Major:{meta-sandstone}, Minor{conglomerate,marble,meta-volcanic rock group}

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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Scheerer, Th. (1845): Resultater af en mineralogisk Reise i Tellemarken 1844. Nyt magazin for Naturvidenskaberne,4: 405-432
Scheerer, Th. (1847): Untersuchung einiger Mineralien, welche tantalsaureahnliche Metallsauren enthalten. Annalen der Physik, 72, 570 [with a discussion on uraninite from Strømsheia]
Hermann, R. (1859): Ueber die Zusammensetzung der zur Grupe der Uransilicate gehörende Mineralien. Journal fur praktische Chemie. 76: 320-329 [on uranoniobite (descredited = uraninite) from Strømsheia]
Neumann, H. (1954): Kobberforekomstene på Straumsheia. Norges Geologiske Undersøkelse 191, 18-29
Norges Geologiske Undersøkelse. Malmdatabasen. Gamle gruve. Forekomst nr.9 i Valle (0940) kommune.

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