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In Maastricht and surroundings you can find limestone from the Cretaceous period. The ENCI uses the limestone to make cement. For decades, this quarry has been a much appreciated site to collect fossils from the Maastrichtian. Several times a year the quarry is open to amateur geologists.
From 2006 you have to be a member of the geological society Limburg! See also: http://www.ngvafdelingen.nl/?page_id=50
In the ENCI quarry often "caves" can be seen. These are not real caves but they are manmade. From the middle ages the limestone was used as a building material.
The ENCI quarry will be operational until 2018.
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Western part of the ENCI quarry.
Added by: webmaster on 23-06-2011
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The ENCI quarry is located just south of Maastricht in the south east of The Netherlands. From the southern ring road of Maastricht, follow the ENCI signs. For instructions and more directions, see the website above.Drag the map and zoom in or out for the best view of this locality.
The finds from the ENCI quarry are bivalves, corals, sea urchins, shark teeth and other fossils from the Cretaceous period. In the ENCI quarry most fossils are found in the upper layers (Meerssen member). This layer is also rich in bryozoans. Part of Mosasaur can be found, but these are very rare.
A Stratigraphic Column from this location is available. You can use the column to find specific layers at the location.
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