HU6 - Mineralizations in Mesozoic-Tertiary volcanic and sedimentary units of NE Hungary (with a tour in the Baradla Cave, Aggtelek)

Leaders: Sándor Szakáll (University of Miskolc, askszs@uni-miskolc.hu), János Földessy (University of Miskolc)

Practical information:

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Pre-conference: 18.08.2010 Budapest (HU) - 20.08.2010 Budapest (HU)
  • Length: 700 km
  • Min. number of participants: 5
  • Max. number of participants: 40
  • Field trip registration fee
    • Student/young scientist: EUR 40
    • Normal: EUR 70
  • Accommodation and meals cost: EUR 90
  • Demands: No special physical or other demands, Normal field trip equipment is recommended.
  • Means of transport: bus / van
  • Accommodation: Double room
    (for single possibilities contact Robert Hohol)
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Photo: Cuprite, Rudabánya (HU)
Cuprite, Rudabánya (HU)


Scientific focus (keywords): epithermal enargite-luzonite deposits; metasomatic siderite deposits; ore mineralogy; secondary copper minerals; anhydrite deposits; mineralogical exhibitions; speleology (cave visit); viticulture / viniculture

Photo: Enargite, Recsk, Lahóca (HU) The trip will visit the Mátra Mts. and the Aggtelek-Rudabánya Mts. in NE Hungary. Mátra Mts. is a huge Miocene stratovolcanic structure. In the Kisnána andesite quarry cavity-filling minerals (mainly carbonates) can be collected. The Eocene andesite series of the Lahóca Hill at Recsk hosts an epithermal enargite-luzonite-pyrite ore deposit (former copper mine). The Aggtelek-Rudabánya Mts. are built up mainly by Permian and Triassic sediments. The Rudabánya metasomatic siderite-sulphide deposit (with Pb-Zn-Cu-Ag sulphides), is rich in various secondary minerals (more than 140 species have been found to date), good specimens of native copper, malachite, azurite and cuprite can still be found in the abandoned pits. Not far from Rudabánya a Permian evaporite (anhydrite and gypsum) series is exposed by the open pit at Alsótelekes. A tour in the Baradla or Aggtelek Cave, Hungary, will give an impression of the beauties of the most significant, most studied and longest cave of the more than 700 caves of the Aggtelek Karst and the Slovak Karst, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Aggtelek Cave itself extends across the political boundary to Slovakia. Field experiences will be complemented by visits to local mineralogical and paleontological exhibitions. Mátra Museum (Gyöngyös): new exhibition, especially rich in specimens from the Mátra Mts., Mining Museum (Rudabánya): exhibition with highlights in mineralogy (minerals of ore deposits of Hungary, especially Rudabánya), mining history, and paleontology (the fossil hominoid Rudapithecus etc.). A visit to the baroque city centre of Eger and a taste of the wines of the Eger Wine Region will add a further flavour to the trip.
Enargite, Recsk, Lahóca (HU)


Daily programme:

Day 1 (18 Aug): Budapest - Gyöngyös: Mátra Musem, mineralogical exhibition - Kisnána: quarry, minerals in amygdales of andesite - Recsk: epithermal Cu-Au mineralization at Lahóca Hill - Eger: sightseeing and wine-tasting; accommodation

Day 2 (19 Aug): Eger - Rudabánya: abandoned open pits of the former iron ore mine, metasomatic siderite mineralization with Cu-Pb-Zn-Ag ore; mining museum - Alsótelekes: gypsum open pit - Aggtelek: accommodation

Day 3 (20 Aug): Aggtelek: cave tour in the Baradla Cave - Budapest: end of trip

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Photo: Aggtelek, Baradla cave (HU)
Aggtelek, Baradla cave (HU)


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