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Vågsnes Mines, Tromøy, Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norwayi
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Vågsnes MinesGroup of Mines (Abandoned)

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Name in Norwegian:Vågsnes gruver, Tromøy, Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norge
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 58° 28' 13'' North , 8° 50' 59'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 58.47029,8.84976
GeoHash:G#: u4qk9khnn
Locality type:Group of Mines (Abandoned) - last checked 2018
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Nearest Settlements:
Arendal30,916 (2017)4.6km
Rykene647 (2013)14.0km
Fevik4,989 (2014)14.4km
Tvedestrand1,975 (2016)17.5km
Grimstad9,561 (2017)20.8km
Other/historical names associated with this locality:Voksnes gruve; Voxnæs gruve; Voksnæs gruve; Martheskjær gruve; Marteskjerr

Iron mines located on the western side of Tromøy Island. A 500 x 500 m large area with iron skarn has been worked for iron.

The largest mine was Martheskjær/Marteskjerr (Holm 1824, Weibye 1848). It is about 50 m wide and started as an open pit mine, but lafter some shafts were made. The next largest located further south is Tunnelgruva.
There are 10 mines (synk in Norwegian) and 4 prospects 200 m eastwards in the area.

Simonsen (2001) has registered 22 mines and prospects in the Vågsnes area.

The mines were closed around 1850.

Regions containing this locality

Eurasian PlateTectonic Plate

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5 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
var: Pleonaste4.BB.05(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Group 9 - Silicates
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in [6] and >[6] coordination
Group 52 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] and/or >[6] coordination
Group 58 - SOROSILICATES Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups
Insular, Mixed, Single, and Larger Tetrahedral Groups with cations in [6] and higher coordination; single and double groups (n = 1, 2)
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Clinopyroxene Subgroup'-
var: Pleonaste

List of minerals for each chemical element

H Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
C CalciteCaCO3
O GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
O TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
O Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
O CalciteCaCO3
O Spinel (var: Pleonaste)(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
O SpinelMgAl2O4
Mg Spinel (var: Pleonaste)(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
Mg SpinelMgAl2O4
Al GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
Al Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Al Spinel (var: Pleonaste)(Mg,Fe)Al2O4
Al SpinelMgAl2O4
Si GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
Si TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Si Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Ca GrossularCa3Al2(SiO4)3
Ca TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Ca Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ti TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Fe Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}(Si2O7)(SiO4)O(OH)
Fe Spinel (var: Pleonaste)(Mg,Fe)Al2O4

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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1000 - 1600 Ma

ID: 3131169
Proterozoic II gneiss

Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1600 Ma)

Description: undifferentiated metamorphic

Lithology: Gneiss

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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Year (asc) Year (desc) Author (A-Z) Author (Z-A)
Holm, C. (1824): Samlinger til Norges topographiske Mineralogie 1: Fortegnelse over de i Omegnen af Arendal forekommende Fossilier. Nyt Magazin for Naturvidenskaberne, 2: 111-115
Scheerer, Th. (1845): Geognostisk-mineralogiske Skizzer- samlede paa en Reise i sommeren 1842. Nyt Magasin for Naturvidenskaberne, 4, 126-164 (p.149)
Scheerer, Th. (1848): Andet Bidrag til Kundskab om norske Mineralier. Nyt Magazin for Naturvidenskaberne. 5, 299-318.
Geological Survey of Norway (NGU): The Ore Database. Deposit Area 0906 - 001. Vågsnes (Updated 17. jan. 1997)
Simonsen, J. H. (2001): Registrering av jerngruver i Arendal kommune. Aust-Agder Arkivet 2001. 74 pp.

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