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.

Map of Clay in Austria distinction: in operation (red Punke) and other (black dots)
Clay in Austria.
© Geological Survey of Austria

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

A large square with attached pour requested mound in the background goes a yellow loader. Everywhere there are several pallets. Bricks are stacked on it. Some have a red and white packaging.
In Laa an der Thaya (Lower Austria) 17 million years old marl mined for brick production.
© Geological Survey of Austria

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.