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Sand pit, Plesching, Urfahr-Umgebung, Mühlviertel, Upper Austria, Austria

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 48° 19' 27'' North , 14° 20' 35'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 48.32417,14.34306
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Sandgrube, Plesching, Urfahr-Umgebung, Mühlviertel, Oberösterreich, Österreich

Abandoned sand pit with abundant blackish phosphorite nodules in layers composed of a coarse-grained gravel.
Known for shark teeth and other fossils.

Located near Linz.
Access is via the road to Plesching am Pfenningberg.

Note: The sand pit is situated in a protected natural reserve.
However, the protected flora and fauna would disappear if the remnant sand pit outcrops ("refreshed" by collecting) would be allowed to become overgrown by the normal vegetation.

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4 valid minerals.

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0.0117 - 2.588 Ma

ID: 2619034

Age: Pleistocene (0.0117 - 2.588 Ma)

Description: loess (aeolian) loess loam

Comments: Loess, loess loam and other loess derivatives, often above older loesses

Lithology: Silt; fine-sandy, clayey, in parts increasingly calcareous downwards

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

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- Pistulka, G. (1965): Mineralfundstätten bei Linz/Donau. Aufschluss, 16, 306-307.
- Exel, R. (1993): Die Mineralien und Erzlagerstätten Österreichs.
- Schachinger, T. & Bernhard, F. (2008): 1546: Ein Mineral der Serie Haulandit-Ca - Klinoptilolith-Ca in Phosphoritknollen von Weinzierlbruck bei Prambachkirchen sowie von Plesching und Rappetsederrücken bei Linz, Oberösterreich. In: Niedermayr, G. et al. (2008): Neue Mineralfunde aus Österreich LVII. Carinthia II, 198/118, 256-257.

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