Wilgartswiesen, Hauenstein, Palatinate, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||49° 12' 32'' North , 7° 52' 37'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||49.2089909, 7.8771401|
|Name(s) in local language(s):||Wilgartswiesen, Hauenstein, Pfalz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland|
Most of the southern part of Palatinate known as Pfälzerwald (Palatine Forest) is completely covered with triassic sandstone (Buntsandstein) which is often exposed in colourful and impressive rock formations. Occassionally it is possible to observe white to colourless mineral efflorescences on such rocks, especially in dry parts below overhanging rock walls. In most cases this is presumably gypsum forming tiny crystals, often also overgrowing lichen.
An interesting (and for the region unique?) paragenesis was described by Frenzel in the 1960's from two rocks near Wilgartswiesen: the rock that carries the ruins of the Falkenburg castle W of Wilgartswiesen and an unnamed rock formation SW of point 292 m and SE of Wilgartswiesen.
The mineral crusts are formed by tiny crystals of different salt minerals. Crystal sizes are typically below 1 mm.
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Frenzel, Gerhard (1964): Im Buntsandstein des Pfälzerwaldes, Aufschluss 15, 175-200