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Blue quartz occurrence, Grabenbach area, Golling, Salzburg, Austria

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Name(s) in local language(s): Blauquarz-Fundstelle, Grabenbachgebiet, Golling, Salzburg, Österreich
Occurrence of blue quartz (also known as sapphire quartz), owing its colour to microscopic inclusions of magnesioriebeckite. The crystals, which are often associated to flawless rock crystals, occur in veinlets disseminated in a layer of carbonate-silicate boulders formed by hydrothermal alteration of underlying Werfen slates. Part of the mineralization is genetically related to neighbouring melaphyr-diabases, providing the sodium needed for the formation of the alkali amphiboles.
This locality has been known since the late 18th century. Located in the upper Grabenbach valley, about 5 km NE of Golling.

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- Kirchner, E.Ch. (1977): Exkursion M5 und M6: Die Gips- und Anhydritlagerstätten um Golling - Abtenau und die Breunneritlagerstätte von Diegrub bei Abtenau 2) Grabenbach; Der Karinthin, vol.77, p.325-329.
- A. Strasser: Die Minerale Salzburgs (1989)

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