Field Trips and Excursions

Excursion 1: Sun 20/09/2020

Spodumene (Lithium) Project Wolfsberg (max. 30 participants)

(T. Unterweissacher, R. Göd, H. Mali)

participation fee: 60 EUR*

European Lithium´s Wolfsberg Project is targeting spodumene-bearing pegmatites within the Koralpe Crystalline Complex. The company successfully completed a positive pre-feasibility study (PFS) in Q2 2018. The PFS was based only on current measured and indicated resources of 6.3 Mt at 1.17% Li 2O. For the 2020 additional exploration work within the framework of a detailed feasibility study, it is planned to expand measured and indicated resources as well as the life of mine. The excursion participants will get the possibility to visit the underground exploration adit as well as the core shed within the city of Wolfsberg.


Excursion 2 : Wed 23/09/2020

Sandvik-Tour (Zeltweg) (max. 30 participants)

(P. Hartlieb)

participation fee: 40 EUR*

This tour goes to Sandvik Mining and Construction G.m.b.H. in Zeltweg (approx. 40 km from Leoben). In Zeltweg, with a history of more than 165 years a comprehensive range of Sandvik mechanical cutting equipment for a wide range of underground mining and construction applications are developed and manufactured. The tour features a detailed insight into the equipment produced, as well as the rock mechanical testing and development laboratory.


Excursion 3: Wed 23/09/2020 (afternoon)

Styromag Magnesite (Oberdorf) (max. 20 participants)

(P. Kroissenbrunner, H. Mali)

participation fee: 40 EUR*

The Upper Austroalpine nappe system of Austria hosts several magnesite deposits of the Veitsch type of which seven deposits are still in mining operation. Metasomatic deposits of the Veitsch type are hosted by Palaeozoic carbonates, form coarsely crystalline stratiform lenses, layers, and irregular bodies. All of them are overprinted by alpine metamorphism. Pinolitic magnesite structure, several generations of dolomite and secondary talc formation are some characteristics of these deposits. The excursion will include one of the deposits mined by Styromag GmbH at Oberdorf, Wald or Hohentauern which are hosted by the carboniferous Veitsch nappe of the Greywacke zone.


Excursion 4: Thur 24/09/2020

Erzberg/Zentrum am Berg (max. 30 participants)

(F. Melcher, W. Prochaska, R. Galler)

participation fee: 60 EUR* 

Iron ore has been mined at the “Steirischer Erzberg” for more than 1300 years. Today, VA Erzberg produces about 3 million tonnes of siderite concentrate annually. The metallogenetic evolution of this giant ore system continues to be a matter of debate. During the excursion, we will visit key outcrops in the active mining area to discuss the evolution of this giant ore system. In addition, we will visit “Zentrum am Berg”, the world´s largest tunneling research center.


*participation fee to be paid at the bus prior to departure. An invoice will be issued upon receipt.