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Information - Lavakeller Mendig / Eifel / Germany / 06-2013

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by The Franconian, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. The Franconian

    The Franconian 28DL Regular User
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    I found this pics in an older folder, just a tourist museum visit;
    but I found them worth posting up here since they show an unusual stone quarried under ground.
    It's Lava Basalt, left in earth from an eruption of the Wingertsbergvulkan 200000 years ago.
    The stone is quarried under ground, since it is overlayed
    by 30 meters of eruption material from the
    Laacher-See-Vulkan, 13000 years ago.
    The stone was used for millstones, the underground quarries were changed to beer cellars
    middle of the 19th century, when the millstone industry went down.
    The quarry belongs to a museum, (no really worth a visit), the underground tours worth is,
    to have it seen.
    A typical tourist thing.
    The Eifel area is worth to travel with open eyes,
    some vulcanic material quarries are to be found on ground, still working.
    Also there were / are underground slate mines.
    active quarrying of different sized vulcanic throwout material
    active under ground slate quarry with production
    the slate has to be split wet from mountain and may not dry out
    If I remember right, they said that slate is quarried cheaper on ground in Spain nowadays
    dump of production waste
    old slate mine (grilled)
    #1 The Franconian, Oct 31, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2015

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