International Stock Market of Minerals, Gems and Fossils
Always taking place on the last weekend of June, this demonstration sees her public growing frequently seen at the beginning only by professionals, it entices progressively the general public. It is the third Stock Market at a worldwide level, after Tucson (Arizona) and Munich (Germany).
The geological context of a mineral cradle
The territory of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines and the Val d’ Argent constitute a mineral cradle.
For more than two thousand years, the Alsatian valley of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines fills with enthusiasm by its hidden specificity. The man since Roman epoch displays an intense energy to scoop from it out materials of eternity. Of this activity, we have a fabulous historical and human heritage, a network of global competencies and of always living traditions today.
The history of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, based on mining traditions, has kept a specific anchoring today: a massive network of galleries estimated at 300 km (among which 60 km only were explored). About 150 listed varieties by mineral floras among which some exist only in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines
European crossroad of the patchwork.
Organized for a long time in Corsica, the Rallye de France is, since 2010, organized in Alsace.