60-lecie odkrycia złoża rud miedzi Lubin–Sieroszowice – nowa perspektywa

Sławomir Oszczepalski


The 60th anniversary of the discovery of the Lubin–Sieroszowice copper ore deposit – new perspective.
A b s t r a c t. During the period of 60 years, the mining and metallurgical industry has been developed to such extent that Poland is now among the worlds’major producers of copper and silver. The discovery, made on 23 March 1957 by a team of specialists from the Geological Institute under the leadership of Jan Wyżykowski, was followed by the preparation of the first geological documentation of the copper deposit, containing the results of pioneering works that laid the foundation for the knowledge of the Fore-Sudetic Monocline geology. This discovery marked the beginning of the recognition of the deposit and gave rise to further exploration for prospective areas elsewhere in SW Poland. Later studies of numerous drill cores strongly indicate that the Zechstein copper-bearing series contains a very large volume of prognostic, prospective and hypothetical resources, rimming the oxidized Rote Fäule areas also outside the Lubin-Sieroszowice Copper District. Extensive deep exploration drilling is required to verify the resource potential in several prospects. The long-term challenges demand new solutions for the mining industry of the future within the EU, to enable the reindustrialization of Europe.

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