Raw materials for building include a number of hard and soft rocks possessing physical and technical properties which make them suitable for underground constructions, high-rise buildings or for transport infrastructure.
High-grade limestones are sedimentary or metamorphosed rocks (marbles) which consist mainly of calcite (rarely aragonite) and contain at least 75 % calcium carbonate.
Soft rock deposits containing raw materials such as gravel, sand or clay represent important resources for the building industry.
The Metallogenetic Map 1:500,000
Metallogenetic maps emphasize connections between geology, tectonics and mineral deposits.
Inventory of Mines / Waste Sites
Due to its specific geological and metallogenetic position within the Eastern Alps, Austria has a large number of mostly small ore mines.
Museum Mines / Therapeutic Tunnels
Former mines which are now made accessible to tourists are evidence of the old mining traditions in Austria.