Soft Rocks in Austria

Soft Rock deposits containing raw materials such as gravel, sand or clay represent important resources for the building industry.

Map of soft rocks in Austria. Depicting the presence of gravel, sand, gravel, scree, clays
Soft Rocks in Austria.
© Geological Survey of Austria

In Austria, 70 million tons of sand and gravel are used annually for the construction of houses, factories and traffic routes.

A child sits in the sandbox and build sand cake with bucket and sand molds.
Sand is primarily in the construction industry a wide range of applications.
© Franz Stürmer

For economic and ecological reasons, transport distances of raw materials should be minimized. Therefore, it is important to provide extraction sites close to the end-user in a sustainable manner. Knowing the distribution of soft rocks and their properties is vital to reach this goal.