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Municipality of Noyant la Gravoyère

Noyant-la-Gravoyère is a town with a rich mining history in the Maine et Loire where slate and iron was extracted. The main sites were for extracting slate: la Gâtelière (old slate mine in the Anjou region at St Blaise, today called "la Mine Blue") and Misengrain (mined since the beginning of the seventeenth century, or possibly earlier, until 1999).

It was in the "Bois" region that remnants of iron extraction were found dating back to the Middle Ages. The industrial exploitation of iron was developed around the "Bois” concession from 1874 to 1985.

The Mines de la Brutz

In 1994, on the site of the former Mine de Fer de la Brutz at Teillay in Ille-et-Vilaine, the association VPLV Les Mines de la Brutz decided to develop what remained of the former iron mine, closed in 1950. With the help of former miners and a job integration workshop, this site came back to life to show the public the region's mining history.


Geological Survey of Ireland

GSI is the office for national geological research in Ireland (equivalent to the French BRGM). It has the human and technical resources for the mineral mapping of the country. It also has an educational sector which has a scientific and historical approach to geological heritage and its exploitation by man.

The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI), founded in 1845, is the national earth science agency for Ireland. It is responsible for providing geological advice and information, and for the acquisition of data for this purpose.

GSI produces a range of products including maps, reports and databases and acts as a knowledge centre and project partner in all aspects of Irish geology. It is a division of the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and has about 40 multi-disciplinary staff.

Aims of the Geological Survey of Ireland:

GSI serves its customer needs through a range of operational programmes and support services:


-The Information Management Programme underpins all of our activities in the delivery of geological information to our customers, and is recognised as the most important corporate priority.


-The Surveying Programmes (Bedrock Geology, Quaternary Geology, Marine Geology and Geophysics) are long-term, and feed information to the Applied Programmes, as well as producing maps and reports used directly by a wide range of external customers.


-The Applied Programmes (Groundwater, Minerals, Geotechnical, and Geological Heritage) are largely project-oriented, and provide solutions to specific customer needs, their various activities helping to build their respective databases.


All Programmes and Administrative activities depend on the various Support Services (Information Management, Cartography, Central Technical Services and Administration) to help them achieve their targets.

Contact details

Geological Survey of Ireland
Beggars Bush
Haddington Road
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1678 2896
Web: www.gsi.ie

Contact for Green Mines-Atlanterra project: 

Sarah Gatley, sarah.gatley@gsi.ie, Tel.: +353 1678 2837

Castelcomer Discovery Park

This is a discovery park, located on a former coal mine in the north of County Kilkenny. A small museum traces the history of this mine which has very few remains. Other leisure activities have been developed on the site around the central lake and wooded areas.

Copper Coast Geopark

GCC is a European Geopark accredited by UNESCO. A Geopark is a national protected area comprising of a number of geological sites of particular importance, due to their rarity or beauty. These heritage sites of the Earth are part of an integral concept of protection, education and sustainable development. The Copper Coast is based (as the name suggests) on the use of coastal resources in copper.


Instituto Geologica y Minero de Espana

IGME is the office for geological and mining research in Spain. It has national responsibility for geological and mining research. It participates in the ATLANTERRA project through their office in Galicia (eligible area), a mineral-rich region where gold, iron, tin and in particular slate were extracted. Slate is still extracted today (one of the main competitors of French slate).


Agencia de Desenvolvimento Regional do ALentejo

ADRAL is the regional development agency for the Alentejo, a region situated south of Lisbon. This is a company that works with local communities in the Alentejo on areas relating to development, administrative and legal assistance, as well as Information Technology and Communications. The Alentejo subsoil is very rich in mineable minerals such as tin, pyrite and copper.

Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia

This is the office for national geological research in Portugal. It has national responsibility over issues related to energy, geology and the exploitation of the subsoil.


Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Blaenau Gwent is a Welsh region (equivalent to regions and departments). It is responsible for the heritage and tourism of the region. There are many mining operation sites to be found in this region, especially coal mines.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

This commission is working on an inventory of Welsh monuments, including mining sites. It also employs archaeologists and produces 3D reconstructions of mining sites that no longer exist.