So, it’s vacation time. Lots of time to do some mapping. Well, not really when one has a house that needs attention, and 4 kids that can’t be left alone for too long.

Today I had some time, but it was raining. But the two oldest kids wanted to come along for some evening mapping of old quarries. The areas surrounding our village has plenty of old quarries. Some are marble, while the older ones are most often iron or copper. Over the years it has sort of became a separate hobby to find and map them all.

I had seen the quarries on an old orienteering map, so I knew were to go. Lots of fallen trees over the quarry

The second hole was a little scary since it was quite far to the bottom in one end. Deeper hole

The last three holes were quite small and also quite shallow Kids in a quarry

Afterwards, we went to a nearby location to look for two more small quarries. All in all, 7 quarries in about an hour. Still there are probably at least 20 more quarries left to find. I need a long vacation…

Location: Nya Holmtorp, Norrköpings kommun, Östergötland County, 618 32, Sweden

Comment from Zverik on 17 July 2017 at 06:28

Awesome trip, I’m slightly envious :) Have you mapped any of the quarries in the end?

Comment from ChristianA on 17 July 2017 at 14:01

What do you mean, “in the end”? I have mapped the outline of the holes for each little quarry. I do this be walking along the perimeter once. Sometimes it is hard since there may be trees in the way, or it may be a bit dangerous since you may fall into the hole. In the latter case I walk a little further away…

Comment from GarenKreiz on 28 July 2017 at 12:30

Hello, nice post. I’m also interested in old quarries (lots of them on the north coast of Britany, essentially granite). I checked the tags : shouldn’t there be a tag indicated that the quarries are abandonned (historic:ruins or disused)?

Comment from ChristianA on 28 July 2017 at 14:36

Hi. Yes, you’re probably right. I should improve the tagging. I remember though that I found the suggestions in the wiki not matching my case.

Do you have any example of your mapping adventures?

Comment from GarenKreiz on 28 July 2017 at 21:55

In the French forum, the suggestion was disused:landuse=quarry if the quarry could be reopened and abandonned:landuse=quarry if not.

Comment from ChristianA on 30 July 2017 at 20:19

Ok, thanks. Any interesting quarry-mapping experiences you’d like to share?

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