Erzberg


GEOGRAPHY

The geographical positioning of the Erzberg is at the heart of Styria. It towers over the municipality of Eisenerz in the county of Leoben. From Graz you can get to Eisenerz by using the A9 highway, from Vienna by using the A2 highway and S6, from St. Pölten by using >>>

OPEN PIT MINING AT THE ERZBERG

The Erzberg is the biggest and most modern mining area in Central Europe, the most important ore deposit in the Alps, symbol of Austrian industrialization, and the center of the famous “Eisenstraße” (= iron road). For more than 1.300 years people have been mining the precious mineral on this mountain >>>

HISTORY

The Erzberg is at the Northern fringes of the Eastern greywacke zone, a band of Paleozoic metamorphosed sedimentary rocks that forms an east-west band through the Austrian Alps. This zone was rich in copper ore and iron ore and, thus, it attracted many people to settle there. There is clear >>>

RESEARCH@ZAB

The following abstract was written by Robert Galler, head of the department of Subsurface Engineering at the Montanuniversität Leoben and head of the project “Research@ZaB—Zentrum am Berg”: “The creation of sustainable infrastructure is increasingly developed in underground facilities. In terms of construction and maintenance this leads to greater challenges for >>>

GEOLOGY

The ore mineral that is mined at the Erzberg is called Siderite, an iron carbonate with an average iron content of 33.5%. The genesis of this mineral can be dated back 400 million years (Devonian period). More than a half billion tons of siderite were deposited at the Erzberg. Therefore, >>>

A Legend of the finding of the Erzberg

The legend of the “Wassermann” Near lake Leopoldsteinersee, next to the main road leading to Hieflau, there is a small cave full of bitterly cold water, known as “black pool” by locals. In this pool there lived the creature called “Wassermann”. It looked a little bit like Poseidon, Greek God >>>