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Sigmund-Erbstollen Mine, Falkenstein, Falkenstein District, Schwaz, Brixlegg - Schwaz area, Inn valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria

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Name(s) in local language(s):Sigmund-Erbstollen, Falkenstein, Revier Falkenstein, Schwaz, Gebiet Brixlegg - Schwaz, Inntal, Nordtirol, Tirol, Österreich
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 47° 21' 13'' North , 11° 43' 38'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 47.35370,11.72746
GeoHash:G#: u22m6u7xm
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate

Started in 1491 and initially worked for silver until the rich ores (mainly argentian tetrahedrite with a silver content of up to 0.5 % w/w) were depleted. In 1515, a new shaft was sunk, which reached its final depth of 235 m in 1533. At this time, the deposit was worked from nine levels. The silver production reached its maximum in 1523, with an output of 15.7 tons. During the following years, the production shifted to copper. The mining activities, however, were continually reduced, due to decreasing prices for copper as a result of several economical and political crises. In 1615, the mine was finally abandoned.

Nowadays a tourist mine ("Silberbergwerk Schwaz").

Regions containing this locality

The Alps, Europe

Mountain Range - 2,242 mineral species & varietal names listed

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

1 valid mineral.

Detailed Mineral List:

'Mercurian Tetrahedrite'
Formula: (Cu,Hg)12Sb4S13
Reference: Lapis 19(7/8):13-78 (1994)
Formula: Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Reference: Lapis 19(7/8):13-78 (1994)
Tetrahedrite var: Argentian Tetrahedrite
Formula: (Cu,Ag)6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Reference: Lapis 19(7/8):13-78 (1994)

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
var: Argentian Tetrahedrite2.GB.05(Cu,Ag)6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
Mercurian Tetrahedrite-(Cu,Hg)12Sb4S13

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

3 <ø < 4
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Mercurian Tetrahedrite'-(Cu,Hg)12Sb4S13
var: Argentian Tetrahedrite

List of minerals for each chemical element

S Tetrahedrite (var: Argentian Tetrahedrite)(Cu,Ag)6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
S Mercurian Tetrahedrite(Cu,Hg)12Sb4S13
S TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Fe Tetrahedrite (var: Argentian Tetrahedrite)(Cu,Ag)6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Fe TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Cu Tetrahedrite (var: Argentian Tetrahedrite)(Cu,Ag)6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Cu Mercurian Tetrahedrite(Cu,Hg)12Sb4S13
Cu TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Zn Tetrahedrite (var: Argentian Tetrahedrite)(Cu,Ag)6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Zn TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Ag Tetrahedrite (var: Argentian Tetrahedrite)(Cu,Ag)6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Sb Tetrahedrite (var: Argentian Tetrahedrite)(Cu,Ag)6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Sb Mercurian Tetrahedrite(Cu,Hg)12Sb4S13
Sb TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Hg Mercurian Tetrahedrite(Cu,Hg)12Sb4S13

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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145 - 201.3 Ma

ID: 3185222
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Jurassic (145 - 201.3 Ma)

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]

Carboniferous - Early Paleozoic
298.9 - 541 Ma

ID: 2599475

Age: Paleozoic (298.9 - 541 Ma)

Description: marine, partially metamorphic

Comments: Upper Austroalpine, Greywacke Zone (in part anchimetamorphic to epimetamorphic); (dolomite, limestone only near 640)

Lithology: Argillaceous shale, slate, and/or schist, graywacke, dolomite, limestone, radiolarite, phyllite

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

Silurian - Cambrian
419.2 - 541 Ma

ID: 3150858
Ostalpines Kristallin

Age: Paleozoic (419.2 - 541 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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