Results of Recent Exploration for Copper-Silver Deposits in the Kupferschiefer of West Germany

  • F.-P. Schmidt
  • C. Schumacher
  • V. Spieth
  • G. Friedrich
Conference paper
Part of the Special Publication No. 4 of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits book series (MINERAL DEPOS., volume 4)


In two areas of the Werra-Fulda trough (Hessia, West Germany) exploration of Kupferschiefer-type copper-silver deposits was carried out by St. Joe Explora-tions GmbH Western Europe.

Anomalous high copper-silver contents were detected in the Spessart-Rhön area as well as in the Richelsdorf area. Especially in the Richelsdorf area all features connected with the occurrence of economic mineralization are similar to the deposits in Poland.

The relationship between grade of mineralization, spatial distribution of metals and minerals, paleogeography and the occurrence of “Rote Fäule” in two St. Joe drill holes and two holes drilled by the BGR (Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover) is discussed.


Drill Hole Black Shale Copper Mineral Economic Mineralization Cuprous Chloride 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F.-P. Schmidt
    • 1
  • C. Schumacher
    • 1
  • V. Spieth
    • 2
  • G. Friedrich
    • 3
  1. 1.St. Joe Explorations GmbHHannover 1Germany
  2. 2.Gewerkschaft WilhelmHannover 1Germany
  3. 3.Institut für Mineralogie und Lagerstättenlehre der RWTHAachenGermany

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