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The Erzberg

By bliba  
The Erzberg is the biggest and most modern mining area in Central Europe, the most important ore deposit in the Alps, symbol of Austrian industrialization, and the center of the famous “Eisenstraße” (= iron road). For more than 1.300 years people have been mining the precious mineral on this mountain called “Erzberg” (= ore mountain). In 1890 open-pit mining changed and mining was done in benches. This is the reason why the mountain looks like a pyramid these days. More than 12 million tons of stone are mined per year. Not by using tools, of course, but by daily blasts.


Without the Erzberg the city I grew up in(Linz) would not be the city it is now .3 million tons of fine ore can be processed to high quality steel in Linz and Donawitz.
We owe our prosperity to Erzberg and of the “Wassermann” WinkWinkWink


Tags: Colour Landscape and travel Austria landscape Erzbeg

Voters: Debmercury, Len1950, mrswoolybill and 59 more

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9 Oct 2019 6:57PM
A splendid image and a well informed account to go with it, Oliver.SmileSmile

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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2019 7:02PM
Scars running deep into the earth.
9 Oct 2019 7:17PM
i am currently watchin' a WTA women's tennis tournament from Linz
pity the very good looking Austrian player Barbara Haas lost her match today against a Russian opponent..
didn't know Linz was your native town
and these mines look like Aztec pyramids indeed
9 Oct 2019 7:41PM
Excellently composed Oliver, like it,
9 Oct 2019 7:43PM
Beautiful image and very interesting presentation.

Minty805 Plus
3 31 5 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2019 8:53PM
What an extraordinary image of a fascinating place. The tiny diggers (which are probably huge, close up) give a sense of scale. Interesting caption, too.
woolybill1 Plus
13 29 75 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2019 8:59PM
Amazing. I have never researched the Erzgebirge though have always known about them. Fascinating history, Oliver, and fascinating photograph.
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2019 9:08PM
Interesting image and write up, Oliver.
9 Oct 2019 9:35PM
Earthmoving on a grand scale ... one wonders if it could be seen from space ! The tiny...yet massive trucks are fascinating against the layered ledges . Great shot Oliver and backstory
cheers Walt
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
9 Oct 2019 10:40PM
Your text told me so much about this mining area--- but initially I saw the image as something quite beautiful-- It tells an amazing story!
mac Plus
18 2 Scotland
9 Oct 2019 11:42PM
Quite an amazing place with a very good explanation of its purpose. It must have very good quarrymen who could produce those so symmetrical layers of rock, especially when you consider the amount of years it has been working. Your image shows it too great advantage, with the mist giving a touch of mystery!
Great capture Oliver well done.
saltireblue Plus
9 9.8k 36 Norway
10 Oct 2019 8:22AM
Your informative notes have encouraged me to find out more about the workings and history of the site, which, I have to admit, I had never heard of before today...
10 Oct 2019 8:42AM

Quote:A splendid image and a well informed account to go with it, Oliver.SmileSmile
I agree with Len!

10 Oct 2019 8:45AM
Burrowing to the centre of the earth, you have to wonder what will happen if they get there?

Marvellous spiral and soft colours Oliver.

TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 12 England
10 Oct 2019 10:45AM
Makes a great abstract/pattern pic, Oliver. Hard to imagine the size and scale of this without those tiny vehicles in there 👍
Trev 😀
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2019 10:46AM
Fascinating history and capture - love those wonderful patterns SmileSmile
10 Oct 2019 10:54AM
marbled earth... well captured.
the scale of this Erzberg is of a different matter altogether. Look at these big dumpster trucks.... they are tiny in comparison.

10 Oct 2019 1:32PM
A Great location...
10 Oct 2019 1:42PM
Beautiful work Oliver!!!

10 Oct 2019 1:44PM
A fabulous image and great info' Oliver. The vehicles look like children's toys giving a great idea of scale.

Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2019 9:59AM
Spectacular effect... Well seen.
Tremendous image. IsabelGrinGrin

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