Limhamns kalkbrott (Limhamn limestone quarry) or Kalkbrottet (the limestone quarry) is situated near Malmö, in the borough of Limhamn-Bunkeflo, Malmö Municipality, Skåne County, Sweden.

Limhamns kalkbrott
Coordinates: 55°34′05″N 12°56′10″E / 55.56806°N 12.93611°E / 55.56806; 12.93611
CountySkåne County
MunicipalityMalmö Municipality
Borough of MalmöLimhamn-Bunkeflo
 • Total1,896
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The present quarry was opened in 1866 but there was a predecessor already in the 1600s. The quarry is one of the largest open-pit mines in Northern Europe, measuring 1300 by 800 meters, with a depth of 65 meters. A railway line connected the quarry to a cement factory in the port of Limhamn. In 1968 about two kilometers of the railway was placed in a tunnel to reduce air pollution. Mining of limestone in the quarry ceased in 1994. Pumping that is maintained to this day prevents the quarry from turning into a lake.[2] The industries were torn down for housing developments in the 2010s. The open pit is a municipal nature reserve since 2011, notable for one of very few populations of the European green toad remaining in Sweden.[2]

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Abandoned factory building
Aerial view

References edit

  1. ^ "Statistikunderlag för Malmö". Stadskontoret, Malmö stad. 10 January 2023. Archived from the original on 14 February 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  2. ^ a b (in Swedish)