SI1 - Selected ore deposits, igneous and metamorphic rocks from the Eastern Alps, Slovenia

Leaders: Meta Dobnikar (University of Ljubljana; meta.dobnikar@ntf.uni-lj.si), Simona Skobe (University of Ljubljana), Nina Zupančič (University of Ljubljana)

Practical information:
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Pre-conference: 18.08.2010 Ljubljana (SI) - 20.08.2010 Budapest (HU)
  • Length: 860 km
  • Min. number of participants: 5
  • Max. number of participants: 20
  • Field trip registration fee
    • Student/young scientist: EUR 70
    • Normal: EUR 130
  • Accommodation and meals cost: EUR 80
  • 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)
Full technical details in PDF format
Detailed itinerary in PDF format
Photo: Wulfenite, Mežica (SI)
Wulfenite, Mežica (SI)


Scientific focus (keywords): ore deposits; mercury deposits; sedimentary zinc-lead deposits; ore mineralogy; metamorphic petrology; UHP metamorphism; speleology (cave visit); mining heritage; mineralogical exhibitions

Photo: Cinnabarite, Idrija (SI) During the trip two of the most important mines in Slovenia, Idrija and Mežica, will be visited, both nowadays closed for production and partly reorganised as museums. In Idrija the second biggest mercury mine operated for 500 years, a vein impregnated metasomatic deposit, with different ore types, cinnabar crystals, native mercury and metacinnabar. Most of the interesting samples are preserved in the mine museum. Mežica is a zinc-lead deposit in carbonate rocks, with ore minerals sphalerite and galena and an interesting mineral association of wulfenite, and calcite of different morphology. In the Pohorje Mountains locations of UHP eclogites with kyanite will be visited. In the Karavanke Mountains Triassic bimodal magmatic rocks of syenogranite to gabbro with clear evidence of magma mixing and rapakivi texture will be seen. The Postojna cave is a worldwide famous karst cave where different karst features as well as varieties of flow stone and its recrystallisation are present.
Cinnabar, Idrija (SI)


Daily programme:

Day 0 (17 Aug): Ljubljana: arrival to Ljubljana airport or railway / bus station, optional tour around the town, accommodation (not included)

Day 1 (18 Aug): Ljubljana - Idrija: visit to Idrija mine (according to production the second biggest former mercury mine on the world), visit to the museum (cinnabar, native mercury, idrialite in sedimentary rocks) - Postojna: visit to Postojna cave: karst features - Ljubljana: dinner and accommodation

Day 2 (19 Aug): Ljubljana - Karavanke igneous zone: rapakivi granite - Mežica: visit to Mežica mine (Pb, Zn hydrothermal and sedimentary deposit) and visit to the museum (sphalerite, galena, wulfenite) - Maribor: dinner and accommodation

Day 3 (20 Aug): Maribor - Pohorje area, Radkovec or Vranjek peak: kyanite eclogites - Markuž Quarry: serpentinites - Pivola: zoisite eclogites - Slovenska Bistrica, Roman quarry: calcitic marble, gneisses, granodiorite - departure to Budapest

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Photo: Galena and carbonate, Mežica (SI)
Galena and carbonate, Mežica (SI)


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