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A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia
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PostPosted: Jan 16, 2014 07:18    Post subject: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

This Land in the west with its many large cities and coal mines has been the engine of Germany’s economy for a long time. Besides the giant coal deposits, there are also many mineral-rich areas like Sauerland, Siegerland or the northern Eifel Mountains, where both ore minerals for industrial use and fine specimens for collectors were found.


Galena - Meyer Quarry_Hastenrath_Eschweiler_Aachen_North Rhine-Westphalia_Germany.JPG
 Description:
Galena
Meyer Quarry, Hastenrath, Eschweiler, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
11 x 7 cm
Collection & Photo: Tobias Martin
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Galena - Meyer Quarry_Hastenrath_Eschweiler_Aachen_North Rhine-Westphalia_Germany.JPG


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PostPosted: Jan 19, 2014 05:35    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Pyromorphite in vivid green colour from the northern Eifel Mountains:


EifelPYRO.JPG
 Description:
Pyromorphite
Gute Hoffnung Mine, Bleibuir (Bescheid), Mechernich, Eifel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
4,5 x 3,5 cm
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PostPosted: Jan 20, 2014 14:02    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

A humble beauty from North Rhine-Westphalia


Barite - Calcite Quarry_Holzen_Arnsberg_Sauerland_North Rhine-Westphalia_Germany.jpg
 Description:
Baryte
Calcite Quarry, Holzen, Arnsberg, Sauerland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.4 × 3.2 cm
Mined by Peter Seroka the 17/08/2006

Specimen & Photo: Reference Specimens
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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2014 07:08    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

In the following i will show minerals from the Westphalian part of the Siegerland. This well known source of classic mineral specimens is divided into a Westphalian and a Palatinian part (there is a very small Hessian one too but minerals from there are something for the local cracks...). Except Käusersteimel (with its fine copper minerals) and Wolf/Herdorf (Rhodochrosite and copper crystals) most of the famous mines lied in the Westphalian Siegerland. One can say that there are not many places in Germany that minerals are so sought after and highly priced as the Siegerland classics (just Freiberg and some other districts in the Erzgebirge). No matter what it is, a simple white dolomite, a humble rhodo, a galena or a pyromorphite - it´ll bring good money.

Let´s start with the Gosenbach district. The main mine (with the consolidated smaller ones) was Storch & Schöneberg. Mineral specimens from that mine are classics but not that common in the collections. It was strictly forbidden to take out specimens from the mine so that people who want to do so had to pick small samples. That´s why especially larger samples are quite rare.



Dolomit (Gosenbach).jpg
 Description:
Dolomite, pyrite
Grüner Löwe mine, Gosenbach, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
12 x 8 cm
 Viewed:  26842 Time(s)

Dolomit (Gosenbach).jpg



Galenit (Gosenbach).jpg
 Description:
Galena, dolomite
Storch & Schöneberg mine, Gosenbach, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
5 x 3,5 cm
 Viewed:  26851 Time(s)

Galenit (Gosenbach).jpg



Kobaltdolomit (Gosenbach).jpg
 Description:
Dolomite var. cobaltoan dolomite
Alte Lurzenbach mine, Gosenbach, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
5 x 4 cm
 Viewed:  26818 Time(s)

Kobaltdolomit (Gosenbach).jpg


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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2014 07:18    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

The Müsen district is probably the most famous one in the Siegerland. Mines like Stahlberg or Victoria are known all over the world.


Tetraedrit (Heinrichssegen).jpg
 Description:
Tetrahedrite, galena, siderite
Heinrichssegen mine, Müsen, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
8,5 x 6 cm
Collected 1839.
 Viewed:  26839 Time(s)

Tetraedrit (Heinrichssegen).jpg



Baryt (Müsen).jpg
 Description:
Baryte
Altenberg mine, Müsen, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
7,5 x 6,5 cm
 Viewed:  26849 Time(s)

Baryt (Müsen).jpg



Millerit (Littfeld).jpg
 Description:
Millerite
Victoria mine, Littfeld, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
3 x 2 cm
 Viewed:  26882 Time(s)

Millerit (Littfeld).jpg


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PostPosted: Jan 21, 2014 11:27    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Wonderful Gosenbach galena and dolomite - wow!!!
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PostPosted: Jan 23, 2014 07:43    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

The next mine i want to put the focus on is Pfannenberger Einigkeit near Salchendorf. Galena, millerite, siderite, rock crystal in museum quality specimens are the Pfannenberg classics.


Millerit (Salchendorf).jpg
 Description:
Millerite
Pfannenberger Einigkeit mine, Salchendorf, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
3,8 x 3,2 cm
 Viewed:  26788 Time(s)

Millerit (Salchendorf).jpg



Bergkristall (Salchendorf).jpg
 Description:
Rock crystal, siderite, chalcopyrite
Pfannenberger Einigkeit mine, Salchendorf, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
4 x 3,5 cm
 Viewed:  26729 Time(s)

Bergkristall (Salchendorf).jpg



Pyrit (Salchendorf).jpg
 Description:
Pyrite, siderite
Pfannenberger Einigkeit mine, Salchendorf, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
6,5 x 4,5 cm
Pyrite, although a trivial mineral, is quite rare from this mine.
 Viewed:  26655 Time(s)

Pyrit (Salchendorf).jpg



Chalkopyrit (Salchendorf).jpg
 Description:
Chalcopyrite, quartz
Pfannenberger Einigkeit mine, Salchendorf, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
Largest crystal: 2 cm
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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2014 07:05    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

This thread started with a galena specimen - here are more North Rhine-Westphalian galenas from my collection:


Stahlberg.JPG
 Description:
Galena
Stahlberg Mine (Schwabengrube), Müsen, Siegerland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
6 x 4,5 cm
 Viewed:  26655 Time(s)

Stahlberg.JPG



GroßeBurgGALXX.JPG
 Description:
Galena
Große Burg Mine, Altenseelbach, Neunkirchen, Siegerland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
4 x 4 cm
 Viewed:  26705 Time(s)

GroßeBurgGALXX.JPG



MaubachGALENIT.JPG
 Description:
Galena
Maubacher Bleiberg, Untermaubach, Düren, Eifel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
5,5 x 3 cm
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MaubachGALENIT.JPG


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PostPosted: Jan 26, 2014 11:13    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Seems galena abounds in Westphalia...


Galenit (Niederdielfen).JPG
 Description:
Galena
Alter Grimberg mine, Niederdielfen, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
3,8 x 3,5 cm
 Viewed:  26608 Time(s)

Galenit (Niederdielfen).JPG



Galenit (Altenseelbach).jpg
 Description:
Galena
Große Burg mine, Altenseelbach, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
5 x 4 cm
 Viewed:  26681 Time(s)

Galenit (Altenseelbach).jpg



Galenit (Rescheid).JPG
 Description:
Galena
Wohlfahrt mine, Rescheid, Eifel, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
6,5 x 4,9 cm
 Viewed:  26624 Time(s)

Galenit (Rescheid).JPG



Galenit (Bleiwäsche).JPG
 Description:
Galena
Bleiwäsche quarry, Bad Wünnenberg, Sauerland, Northrhine-Westphalia
7 x 5 cm
 Viewed:  26620 Time(s)

Galenit (Bleiwäsche).JPG



Galenit (Wildberg).jpg
 Description:
Galena, quartz, sphalerite
Wildberg mine, Reichshof, Bergisches Land, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
7 x 5,5 cm
 Viewed:  26603 Time(s)

Galenit (Wildberg).jpg



Galenit (Meggen).jpg
 Description:
Galena, calcite
Meggen mine, Lennestadt, Sauerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
5 x 3,9 cm
 Viewed:  26595 Time(s)

Galenit (Meggen).jpg


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PostPosted: Jan 28, 2014 06:48    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Bautenberg near Wilden is another well-known Siegerland mine. Most popular minerals concern stibnite crystals aggregates up to 2 cm on siderite or quartz, oddly etched galena cubes and the much sought after brown pyromorphite crystals, very similar to the Bad Ems specimens. Further more Bautenberg was one of the first world-wide occurences of ullmannite. Johann Christoph Ullmann collected the ullmannite specimens ("Nickelspießglanzerz") in April 1810.


Malachit (Bautenberg).jpg
 Description:
Malachite
Bautenberg mine, Wilden, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
6 x 3,5 cm
 Viewed:  26545 Time(s)

Malachit (Bautenberg).jpg



Antimonit (Neunkirchen).JPG
 Description:
Stibnite, quartz
Bautenberg mine, Wilden, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
5,5 x 4 cm
 Viewed:  26522 Time(s)

Antimonit (Neunkirchen).JPG



Ullmannit (Bautenberg).jpg
 Description:
Ullmannite, siderite
Bautenberg mine, Wilden, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
9 x 6 cm
One of the specimens collected by J.C. Ullmann in 1810 with original handwritten label.
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PostPosted: Jan 30, 2014 12:35    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

We had so many samples of galena from this Land in the recent posts, this new acquisition in my collection should be mentioned, too:


Galenit-Bensberg.JPG
 Description:
Galena, sphalerite (reddish-brown)
Lüderich Mine, Altenbrück, Bensberg, Overath, Bergisches Land, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
6 x 6 cm
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 15:31    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

My first mission is to find a Galena sample, Seems to be the most common in NRW :D

Nice samples here, are they all in your personal collection and found yourself? I ask as some seem to be very old (as in discovered date :P) judging by the labels?

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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 19:33    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

James Jones wrote:
Nice samples here, are they all in your personal collection and found yourselves?

Concerning my specimens: Yes, all personal collection (otherwise i would have given the owner's name). And no, unfortunately not self-collected ;-)
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PostPosted: Apr 27, 2014 03:59    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Another specimen from NRW - yellow eisenkiesel quartz with white calcite:


Alme.JPG
 Description:
Quartz, calcite
Alme, Brilon, Sauerland, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Specimen size 9 cm
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PostPosted: Apr 27, 2014 11:47    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Hi,

all the specimens uploaded by me are in my own collection. So is the following Siegerland classic.

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Galenit (Gonderbach).jpg
 Description:
Galena (Gonderbach twins)
Gonderbach mine, Bad Laasphe, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
4 x 3 cm
Etched spinel-law twin named after the mine.
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PostPosted: Aug 19, 2014 08:37    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Another galena from the Siegerland:


Galenit (Eisern).jpg
 Description:
Galena, pyrite
Eisernhardter Tiefbau mine, Eisern, Siegerland, Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany
9,5 x 6,5 cm
Old sample from the collection of Oskar Schmidt, a miner who worked at Eisernhardter Tiefbau and was member of the Siegen mineral collector´s club.
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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2015 11:39    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Smoky quartz:


NeanderTal-Q.jpg
 Mineral: Smoky quartz
 Locality:
Mettmann, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 12 cm, crystal size 2,5 cm
 Description:
Isolated smoky quartz crystal (double-terminated) on quartz matrix, from Neandertal near Mettmann, Germany. Specimen size 12 cm
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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2015 12:04    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Quartz on siderite:


PfannenbE-Q.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on siderite
 Locality:
Pfannenberger Einigkeit Mine, Salchendorf, Neunkirchen, Siegen-Wittgenstein District, Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 4,5 cm
 Description:
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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2015 13:30    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

nice siderite / quartz specimen!
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PostPosted: Jun 06, 2015 09:13    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through Germany / North Rhine-Westphalia  

Of course this new beauty has to find its place among the typical minerals of NRW:


MeggenGAL.JPG
 Mineral: Galena, dolomite
 Locality:
Meggen Mine, Lennestadt, Olpe, Sauerland, North Rhine-Westphalia/Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
 Dimensions: Specimen size 8,5 cm, largest galena 1 cm
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