PL3 - Late Palaeozoic post-orogenic volcanism in the Sudetes Mts. and Kupferschiefer-type ore deposits in the Fore-Sudetic Monocline, Poland

Leaders: Marek Awdankiewicz (University of Wrocław), Adam Piestrzyński (AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków), Zbigniew Sawłowicz (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, zbigniew.sawlowicz@uj.edu.pl), Norbert Szczepara (University of Wrocław)

Practical information:

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Post-conference: 28.08.2010 Budapest (HU) / Wałbrzych (PL) - 31.08.2010 Wrocław (PL) / Budapest (HU)
  • Length: 850 km (1450 km if riding back to Budapest)
  • Min. number of participants: 5
  • Max. number of participants: 25
  • Field trip registration fee
    • Student/young scientist: EUR 75
    • Normal: EUR 150
  • Accommodation and meals cost: EUR 150
  • Demands: Physical demands are low to moderate (visits to underground mines). 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: Microimage of dolomite ore, containing nest-like chalcocite and veiny chalcopyrite mineralisation (PL)
Dolomite ore with chalcocite and veiny chalcopyrite mineralisation (PL)


Photo: Columnar joints in rhyolitic lava, Organy Wielisławskie (PL)

Scientific focus (keywords): igneous petrology; Lower Permian volcanism; development of volcanic activity; Kupferschiefer; copper and silver deposits; ore mineralogy; Sudetes (Sudety) Mts.; Fore-Sudetic Block; Fore-Sudetic Monocline

The focus of the first part of the trip will be on Carboniferous-Permian, post-orogenic volcanism and associated post-magmatic mineralization in the Sudetes. The volcanic rocks occur within continental molasse successions of two big intramontane troughs: the Intra- and the North-Sudetic Basins. Several volcanic centres were active there and the geochemical characteristics of erupted lavas varied in time and space from calc-alkaline to mildly alkaline. Selected, key sections exposing various volcanic structures (mafic to felsic lavas, subvolcanic intrusions, pyroclastic deposits) will be demonstrated, and a private collection of agates will be visited. Late evening we will reach our hotel in Lubin, the main town of the enormous Cu and Ag mining district. Next two days we will visit two underground mines. In Polkowice mine the main targets will be: 1) typical vertical ore sections through sandstone, shale and dolomite; 2) oxidized facies (Rote Faeule), enriched in Au and PGE. In Rudna mine the main targets will be sandstone ores with their various features like: 1) presence of barren ancient sand dunes, occasionally anhydrite-rich; 2) local lack of overlying shale; 3) occurrence of massive ores. Afterwards we can visit processing plant and tailings dam. The trip will end at Wrocław.

Columnar joints in rhyolitic lava, Organy Wielisławskie (PL)


Daily programme:

Day 1 (28 Aug): Budapest - Wałbrzych (~600 km, included): lunch (in restaurant), accommodation

Day 2 (29 Aug): Wałbrzych - Wałbrzych-Podgórze: Carboniferous trachyandesite cryptodome within sediments and tuffs at a margin of diatreme - Czadrówek: Permian basaltic trachyandesite lavas, tuffs and peperites on a flank of shield volcano - Organy Wielisławskie: Permian rhyolitic lava dome, spectacular columnar joints - "Piekiełko" valley - Lubin: dinner and accommodation (~125 km)

Day 3 (30 Aug): Lubin - Polkowice copper mine (underground visit), lunch (restaurant) - Polkowice: processing plant and tailings dam - Lubin: accommodation (~20 km)

Day 4 (31 Aug): LubinRudna copper mine (underground visit) - ending: Wrocław (~80 km) [travel back to Budapest, 600 km included]

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Photo: Chlorites and carbonates filling amygdales in basalt (Czadrówek, PL)
Chlorites and carbonates filling amygdales in basalt (Czadrówek, PL)


Map of the field trip with the key locations (or download Kml file for Google Earth):


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