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Field Trip E19b

500 Ma geological evolution — 800 years of mining: Heritage, Vulnerability and Future of the Erzgebirge, eastern Germany

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Departure: Thu. 8 Sep., 8:30 Depart and Return from
LMU Main Building, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Return Sun. 11 Sep., ~20:00
Cost: € 466; Maximum: 50 participants
Included: Coach transfer from Munich to Dresden and back, entrance fees, lodging, breakfast
Difficulty:
boot
Easy.
Leaders

Helmuth Albrecht, Christoph Breitkreuz, and Jörg Matschullat
TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Description

The Erzgebirge is on the fringe of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site on both the German and the Czech side. It enormous riches in various ores, in dense forests and in water still support the regional and local economy. At the same time, this area is the cradle of both modern mining and smelting – and related technologies (Georgius Agricola, 16th Century), and of the term “sustainability” (Hannß Carl von Carlowitz, 18th Century). The area has seen major devastation (16th and 17th Century, and again in the 20th Century due to very strong acidic deposition), and recovery. Today much is a nature reserve and the scenic towns recall both vivid memories from a rich cultural past and bare witness for a new rise after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

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