Field trip to central part of Krušné hory Mts. (Erzgebirge)

First day:

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We started the excursion in Horní Blatná. Here we visited vein of Marie Terezie and heap of Concordia adit . Minerals occurring there were mostly Mn ore – pyroluzite. We found also quartz in small crystals up to 3 mm. Then we moved to „Ametystová Halže“ near Horní Halže village. This site is old mining part of Měděnec district and there is a large number of surface exposure of old mining activity. We found mostly amethyst and quartz crystals, ordinarily in clusters up to 7 cm and the primary Fe ores like limonite and pyrite.

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After first part of the excursion we moved to rock formation called „Sphings“ near Měděnec formed by very high pressure deformed „eyes-schist“ from Variscian orogeny processes.

DSCN4446From this place we could see landscape of Doupovské hory volcanic centre. Our another stop was at Mědník hill near Měděnec. This small hill is the skarn body preparated by erosion in Quaternary and one of the most mined Fe and Cu deposit in early modern age. We ascended to the top of the hill around old skarn heaps and there was lecture about local mining from medieval to the end of 20th century.

Second day:

DSCN4502The weather condition did not allow us to see all three fluorite deposits in Krušné hory according to former plan, but only Hradiště fluorite deposit near Kadaň and Kláštěrec nad Ohří. This small deposit was mined for barite, fluorite and hematite. We found only fluorite and hematite samples. After that we moved to palace in Klášterec nad Ohří, where was exhibition of local minerals. We saw very nice samples of polished agates from Horní Halže, Černý Potok, Ciboušov and other sites.

 

 

After that we visited local spa area and we drank local hydrothermal water from the spring. P1270149This hydrothermal energy is caused by volcanic activity bound on Ohře rift and was formed mostly in Tertiary. Then we moved to quick visit of Ahníkov – site with minerals of weathering of laterites. We found specific minerals like white and purple chalcedone, green chryzotile and small crystals of quartz. After that we moved to our last site which was Lehnschafter adit in Mikulov. Mikulov was mined mostly for Ag ores like Ag-rich galenite.

 

Eight Chapter members paticipated of this excurstion led by Bc. Jakub Mysliveček.

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