Alpine Regions, eastern area, Austria, Tyrol


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Most of Austria and Slovenia are formed by the Alpine regions, but in my collection the eastern Alps minerals are represented by pieces coming from south Austria, just over the Italian border. The Ziller area is probably one of the most known place in this area

 

 

Brixlegg-Schwaz area



 

Malachite
Thin and fine threads, typical shape from this locality 
5x6cm
Brixlegg-Rattenberg, Brixlegg-Schwaz area, Schwaz, North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.896

Another photo: a bigger view




Tetrahedrite
Single and well done X of tetrahedrite on calcite. It comes from the old and large mining district  (tetrahedrite from this site is sometimes called schwazite, that is a synonym of mercurian tetrahedrite)
3.5x7cm
Brixlegg-Rattenberg, Brixlegg-Schwaz area, Schwaz, North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.854

2nd photo: entire piece


Tyrolite
Aggregates of tyrolite thin XX, posted on the quartz matrix, with some azurite and blocky schwazite
9.4x6.2m
Brixlegg-Rattenberg, Brixlegg-Schwaz area, Schwaz, North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.1477

2nd photo
3rd photo

Other areas




Almandine
Some XX of almandine, dark red, immersed in the rock
8.5x6.6cm
GranatenKogel mt., Obergugl, North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.945

2nd photo

 

Andalusite
XX of andalusite up to 3 cm long, on metamorphic rock. This place is known for andalusite that is often transformed in pirite and other silica, like mica and clay. In fact, this piece piece seems to me a pseudomorphosis
8.5x6.6cm
Lusens Valley (Lusenser Tal), Sellrain Valley, North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.526

 

Andalusite
Another piece of of andalusite with blocky, rectangular XX up to 4 cm long, translucent, with a black color due to pseudomorphosis in iron oxides and hydroxides. Andalusite is embedded in gray graphite schist
8x5.5cm
Lusens Valley (Lusenser Tal), Sellrain Valley, North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.890

2nd photo

 

Breunnerite
Pseudo-rhombohedral XX up to 1.1cm; in evidence a twinned formation, in the talcose schist. It is a variety of ferroan magnesite and it is not a valid mineral species for IMA, but I see the specimens from Tyrol  always called  breunnerite, so I follow the trend. The Vizze pass lies between Austria and Italy; the Croda Rossa is well known for this mineral, especially in the northeast slope (the south slope belongs to Italy)
8.5x7cm
Croda Rossa (Rotbachlspize), Vizze pass, Zillertal, North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.36

 

Limonite after siderite
Group of XX of siderite, up to 1.2cm long, deeply altered and replaced by limonite, with quartz 
11x8cm
Ziller Valley (Zillertal), North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.87




Quartz var amethist
Sceptered quartz, pale amethist on the top, with XX of hematite
5x7cm
Ziller valley (Zillertal), Mörchner (higher area), Zemmgrund, North Tyrol. Austria
Specimen n.943

2nd photo: a bigger view

 

Quartz
Trasparent XX of quartz up to 6 cm, with pericline. From the mineral-rich Sonnblick mtn area
12x8cm
Hoher Sonnblick area, Rauris valley, Hphe Tauern, Salzburg. Austria
Specimen n.1641

2nd photo


 

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