Copper Mines, Walchen, Öblarn, Niedere Tauern, Styria, Austria
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||47° 25' 45'' North , 14° 3' 18'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||47.42936,14.05527|
|Other regions containing this locality:||The Alps, Europe|
|Köppen climate type:||Dfc : Subarctic climate|
|Name(s) in local language(s):||Kupfergruben, Walchen, Öblarn, Niedere Tauern, Steiermark, Österreich|
Ancient copper mines, dating back to (at least) mediaeval times (13th century), located in the Walchen (Walchengraben). Finally abanoned in 1959. Some of the mines were converted to visitor's mines (Thaddäuss adit - 'Thaddäusstollen'), and collecting is strictly prohibited at these places. There still are some fairly extensive dumps at other places in the area, though.
A mining trail, established in 2000, can be walked ('Kupferweg' = copper trail).
The slag dumps in this mining area are a separate locality (http://www.mindat.org/loc-5612.html).
Lower Palaeozoic 1-2 m layer of massive to disseminated pyrite-pyrrhotite-chalcopyrite ore with an average grade of 1% Cu. The ore horizon is in sericitic and quartzitic phyllites with carbonate-garnet-graphite intercalations.
Submarine exhalative origin; affected by prograde metamorphism during the Variscan orogeny and by retrograde effects during a later event.
The grid reference is located on the Thaddäus adit.
14 valid minerals.
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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|Paleozoic - Proterozoic|
252.17 - 2500 Ma
Age: to Permian (252.17 - 2500 Ma)
Description: undifferentiated metamorphic
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. 
|Carboniferous - Early Paleozoic|
298.9 - 541 Ma
Age: Paleozoic (298.9 - 541 Ma)
Description: marine, partially metamorphic
Reference: Toloczyki, M., P. Trurnit, A. Voges, H. Wittekindt, A. Zitzmann. Geological Map of Germany 1:M. Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe. 
|Cambrian - Proterozoic|
485.4 - 2500 Ma
|Precambrian-Phanerozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks|
Age: to Cambrian (485.4 - 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.