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VI/V 2011 – Madan & Greece, part II

 

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And finally the famous Krushev Dol mine! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Again the main mine building does not look very fancy... J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Dump. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

I am ready to go underground... J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

... and Asia too! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The entrance to the mine. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Waiting for the lift. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia is ready to go down. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The adventure starts over 400 meters below the surface ! J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Exploring the zone with secondary minerals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Secondary minerals – probably chlacanthite (will be analyzed soon). J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Secondary minerals – probably chlacanthite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Gypsum "hairs" growing on walls. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Gypsum crystals on the oxidized ore. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Me at the zone were metasomatisation front can be clearly seen – note the dark skarn rocks and white marbles.
J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Ore concentrations in metasomatic rocks. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Chalcopyrite ore. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Galena rich ore. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Mine tunnel. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Another mine tunnel with machines for exploatation of ore. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

First pocket with galena! It was left behind by miners so you can be sure quality is low. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Galena cubes in the pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Small pocket with calcite crystals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Close up of the calcite pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Huge pocket mostly cleaned by the miners but still some quartzes are visible. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Another big pocket – to narrow and deep to be easily cleaned. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Big pocket with quartz. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

I am examining the pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Quartz crystals in the narrow pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Big specimen with quartz crystals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Another stope with big pockets rich in galena. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Small pocket with pyrite crystals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Pyrites in situ. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Freshly collected pyrite crystals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The remains of huge (used to be 6 m long!) pocket with quartz, calcite and galena. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tom working in the pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Small cavity with calcite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

And another one with quartz and calcite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia resting with the miners. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Drying clothes and heater underground. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

You can also find there a clock... J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

... and souvenire from the old times -  "Eating forbidden!" J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Underground "mechanican" zone. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Repairing the mine train. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Going up the wooden ladder to the other horiozn. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia climbing. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia with big pocket covered by calcite - unfortunatelly very dirty. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Collecting in the pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Another big pocket - with quartz crystals. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Close up of the pocket above. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Close up of the pocket above. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Quartz crystals in situ. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tom with the miners and big specimen of calcite. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Huge calcite pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Close up of the pocket. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Mining train. J. Gajowniczek photo.

  

And unfortnatelly it is time to go back. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Again on the surface - mine train going in the front of mine offices. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Before leaving Madan we would like to tell you the story of an unusual mineral store which used to work there a few years ago - now it is unfortunately gone, but it is worth mentioning. This and other photos were taken during our previous trips. It was located in block of flats visivble on photo at the fround flor, at left side.

 

Inside it looked very sadly - low quality specimens, must on the walls etc. However this tore was very important. Why? It was an official Gorubco (mining company) store. So the mining company were buying the specimens to supply their store from the miners while of course collecting specimens and taking them out of the mine was and still is forbidden...

 

But it is not the end of this absurd... who did buy those specimens from the store ? Miners, same miners who illegally collected them and sold to the company! You will ask why?

 

This is obvious - only Gorubso has the licence for mining andit was the only wayto get the  invoices for mineral specimens. So if you need to give any of your clients the invoice for minerals you are selling you have to get it from the Gorubso mineral shop.

 

Unfortunatelly this unique mineral shop was closed a few years ago and passed away as many others communism remains.

 

From Madan we moved to Greece and stopping only for lunch in Kavala, we got directly to Meteora.
Map from Google Earth.

 

Old auqeuct in Kavala. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

We arrived very late to Kalambaka so the view from our hotel window surprised us in the morning.
J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Morning view from our hotel room. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Kalambaka town in front of the rocks on which the monasteries are located. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Kalambaka town in front of the rocks on which the monasteries are located. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Kastraki village, and a hermitage for the monks visible inside the rock. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Streets of Kalambaka. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

View to Kastraki from the rocks near one of the monastries. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Three monastries are visible - till around 1920 it was possible to reach the monastries only in the baskets pulled on the ropes by the monks, now it is not so difficoult. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Holy Monastery of Rousanou. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Holy Monastery of Rousanou (closer) and the Holy Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapausas.
J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Monastery of the Holy Trinity. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Monastery of the Holy Trinity. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Monastery of the Holy Trinity, note the cables. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Cable railway to the monastery from above photo, there is a sign on it saying "not for public use, only for inhabitants" J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Asia and the monasteries. T. Praszkier photo.

 

Spring is the best time of the year. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Holy Monastery of Rousanou. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Holy Monastery of Varlaam. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron - the oldes and bigges one, it was built in mid-14th century, note the corded basket - something like this used to serve the monks as "lifts" J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

Tomek and the weel which was used to pull the baskets with food, water and people. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Holy Monastery of Varlaam (closer) and The Holy Monastery of Rousanou. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Holy Monastery of Varlaam. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

The Holy Monastery of Rousanou. J. Gajowniczek photo.

 

From Meteora we came back to Thessaloniki to take the flight back to Warsaw. Map from Google Earth.

 

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