Sunday, May 28, 2017

Slate and quartz

The small village of Weisel, like many of its neighbours on the hills overlooking the Rhine River, has a lot of houses with slate rooves (Ziegeldächer) which is not surprising since slate mines are common in the area. They have been closed as they are no longer an economic proposition.

It was mined nearby and the remains of the mines are still visible.  The slate is interwoven with quartz and black and white rocks seem to ooze from the mine sites. 

Slate and quartz

Slate pile

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