FRIDAY´S FIELDTRIPWhole day fieldtrip on 03/23/2018
OBIR DRIPSTONE CAVESThe Carinthia's most intriguing natural wonder
Embark on a historic journey through time, millions of years back into the past. The incomparable mix of nature and mankind, the symbiosis of 200 million years of history and modern technology, that certainly will not leave you indifferent. The caves were discovered in 1870 when miners searched lead and zinc ore. The Obir dripstone caves are located at 1,078 m above sea level and offer also a panoramic view. The temperature in the caves is a constant 8 °C.
GEOPARK KARAVANKE/KARAWANKENInfocenter "World Of Geology" in Bad Eisenkappel / Železna Kapla
Geopark Karavanke/Karawanken infocenter is located in Bad Eisenkappel/Železna Kapla in Austria. Here, the locals and the tourists, the non-professionals, as well as experts find an exciting and interactive overview of the tourist offer and the genesis of the whole Geopark area. The highlight of the infocenter is so-called Geopuls table, special system which represents the lithologic map of the area. Guests can use a pen and a book to navigate interactively through all the characteristics of the region. These range from geological treasures to culinary products, so every guest can plan their own stay in the region. Another highlight is Geoclock. It shows the entire creation and evolution of the planet Earth through an animation. In addition to the mysterious fossils from the area, Geopark Karavanke/Karawanken Infocenter “World of geology” also shows the lithological diversity of the Karavanke mountain range.
LEAD AND ZINC MINE - MEŽICAauthentic mining train to go into the heart of the mine
The lead ore deposits between Peca and Uršlja gora reach back to the Roman age while the first written records about the lead ore exploitation date from the year 1665. This year is considered to be the actual beginning of lead mining in Koroška region. Long years of mining and the expansion of the lead mine put a great impact on the area and the life of the inhabitants. The total amount of the of lead and zinc ore dug out in more than 800 km long tunnels in over three centuries was about 19 million. 1994 is the year when the production of lead and zinc ore was permanently stopped. Three years later the mine been opened for visitors.
You will use authentic mining train to go into the heart of the mine, so called the Moring district. Driving through the 3.5 km long Glančnik tunnel lasts about 15 minutes and can truly be described as a unique experience. You will step out at the station, 600 m below the surface of Veliki vrh (= „Big Peak“). Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will find out more about the history of mining. Numerous exhibited objects reveal the everyday work and lives of miners. At the end of the tour, you will hop back on the train and return from the mine. The entire tour lasts about 2 hours. In the mine different types of mining equipment and tools are presented that were used by miners in different historical periods, from the early beginnings over 350 years ago until the last days of mining in the past century.