Here is a view of the "Müggelsee" Bath:
It is located on the north-west side of the lake. From there we took a turn right to the west. We only took a small walk and found a spot with slightly darker sand. Here we put my pan to the test. After some practising we got our first result:
You can clearly see the darker areas containing the mineral magnetite. To test it we used a magnet:
This was the first time we used a pan to look for minerals. We were happy that even unexperienced users like us can get results easily.
We cleaned our sand samples and took them to university some days later. Besides magnetite there are several other heavy minerals that can be found. We also found zircon, garnet, pyrite and titanite although only in very small quantities. Using a binocular we tried making fotos. Unfortunately only those showing a garnet (we think) turned out well. Here it is:
I should have written down the magnification. I will have to ask my friend. We didn't spend any time on finding out why we have a placer there. I assume it is a result of the last glaciation period though human influence is immense and the sand could just as well be from elsewhere. On time and occasion I will try to find some literature about it and make a follow-up post here.
- VOLLSTÄDT, H.: Einheimische Minerale, Leipzig, 1979 (5. Auflage)