HU4 - Minerals, history and wines

Leaders: Ferenc Mádai (University of Miskolc, askmf@uni-miskolc.hu), László Lénárt (University of Miskolc), Norbert Zajzon (University of Miskolc)

Practical information:

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Mid-conference: 24.08.2010 and 26.08.2010, Budapest (HU) - Budapest (HU)
  • Length: 420 km
  • Min. number of participants: 5 each day
  • Max. number of participants: 40 each day
  • Field trip registration fee
    • Student/young scientist: EUR 35
    • Normal: EUR 50
  • Meals cost: included in the registration fee
  • Demands: No special physical or other demands, swimming dress recommended.
  • Means of transport: bus / van
  • Accommodation: None
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Photo: Selmec Museum Library, Miskolc (HU)
Selmec Museum Library, Miskolc (HU)


Scientific focus (keywords): science history; history of mining education; speleology (cave visit); karst hydrogeology; karst water protection; Bükk Mts.; viticulture / viniculture

Photo: Miskolctapolca: Cave Bath (HU) The trip introduces mineralogy- and geology-related specialities of Northeast Hungary. The Selmec Museum Library, Miskolc, is a unique example of a specialized technical and natural science library, founded in the 18th century and survived the hardships of more than two centuries almost completely intact. Originally it was the library of the Academy (High School) of Mining and Forestry at Selmecbánya (today Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia, also known as Schemnitz in German), predecessor of the University of Miskolc. Almost 7500 volumes are displayed in the same order as in the libary of the Academy in 1862. Special showcases exhibit rarities, e.g. the first German edition of Agricola's De re metallica (1557), the five required textbooks assigned by the founding decree of the mining school, issued in 1735 etc. The next programme is a special speleological tour in swimming dress: the Cave Bath of Miskolctapolca, found in Triassic limestone, is an outstanding object of natural heritage and technical development at the same time. The tour introduces the specialities of karst and cave forms of the Bükk Mountains. In addition to mineralogical information, karst hydrogeological conditions will also be discussed. Participants will of course have an opportunity to visit all basins of this special thermal bath. The trip will end in a wine cellar in Tibolddaróc (Bükkalja Wine Region) with dinner and wine tasting. The cellars carved in Miocene rhyolite tuff are a speciality of the village. Their total length exceeds 1 km and most of them were used as dwellings until the middle of the 20th century.
Miskolctapolca: Cave Bath (HU)


Daily programme:

Budapest - Miskolc-Egyetemváros: visit to the Selmec Museum Library and exhibition - Miskolc-Miskolctapolca: visit to the Cave Bath - Tibolddaróc: dinner and wine tasting - Budapest

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