stratabound potash-bearing salt in Germany

Geologic information

Location:9.9788, 50.8412
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Site typegrouped mines/occurrences
Deposit typestratabound potash-bearing salt
Evaporite basinZechstein
Basin typeintracratonic basin
Geologic unitZechstein Group
Potassium minerals:
Other minerals:
Notes:2 main potash seams: Hessen and Thuringen.
Geologic map unit9.9788, 50.8412
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Economic information

ThicknessHessen: 1.5-3; Thuringen: 1.5-3m
DepthHessen: 700-1000; Thuringen: 760-2060m
Average gradeHessen: 10; Thuringen: 12-13% K2O
StatusActive Production (2005)
CompanyK+S KALI GmbH (2009)
First year1908
Ore tonnage1) 28.4556Million tonnes
K2O tonnage1) 2.2962; 2) 0.8974Million tonnes
Grade of K2O8.07% of ore
Data years1) 1977-1982; 2) 1936-1944
Data source1) British Sulphur (1984); 2) U.S. Office...(1945)

Reference information


British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 1975, World survey of potash resources (2d ed.): London, British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 148 p.
British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 1984, World survey of potash resources (4th ed.): London, British Sulphur Corporation Limited, 145 p.
Garrett, D.E., 1996, Potash; Deposits, processing, properties and uses: New York, Chapman and Hall, 734 p.
Harben, P.W., and Kuzvart, M., 1996, Industrial minerals; A global geology: London, Industrial Minerals Information Ltd., 462 p.
K+S Kali GmbH, 2009c, Werra-Hattorf - Philippsthal: K+S Web page accessed April 10, 2009, at http://www.kali-gmbh.com/uken/company/locations/europe/hattorf.html.
Kokorsch, R., and Psotta, M., 1984, Die Rohstoffversorgung der Kalifabriken Wintershall und Hattorf [The raw material supply of potash Wintershall and Hattorf]: Kali u. Steinsalz, v. 9, no. 2, p. 39-51.
Smith, M., 1982, Potash; Optimism prevails despite market gloom: Industrial Minerals, no. 176, p. 45-51.
U.S. Office of Military Government for Germany, 1945, Report on barite, fluorspar, graphite, potash, pyrite, salt and other miscellaneous non-metallic minerals in Germany: U.S. Office of Military Government for Germany, Economic Division, Industry Branch, Coal and Non-Metallic Mining Section, 28 p.
Wood, F.W., 1946, The winning and refining of potash minerals in the western zones of Germany; Mining section: London, Great Britain, British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee Final Report 1400, 105 p.