Clay in Austria

Large occurrences of clay in Austria can be found in the Molasse Zone north of the Alps as well as in the Vienna Basin and other intermontane basins.

Deposits of kaolin are concentrated at the southern edge of the Bohemian Massif.

Clay and kaolin are of various genetic origins and date from the Cretaceous to youngest Postglacial.

Clay in everyday life

Coarse Ceramic clays are composed variable. They are widely used in Austria in about thirty brick plants for brick production. Loess, loam and a series of marine deposits from the Neogene are processed.

They are used by the ceramic industry, the refractory industry, in paper making and for wine production.