Deutschlands schönste Geotope

The Gleisberg quarry

GEOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION If you head to the east from Leipzig, you will encounter one of the largest areas of volcanic …
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The “Lange Wand” (long wall)

by Dipl.-Geol. Helmut Garleb, Dr. Klaus George with kind permission by Regionalverband Harz The “Lange Wand” is like a window …
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The Heeseberg

by Heinz-Gerd Röhling, Henning Zellmer, Martin Meschede (TK/GK 25 Bl. 3931 Jerxheim, R 44 22844.219, H 57 72766.482 (N 52.083330 …
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The Andesite Rose near Freisen

Near the village of Freisen in the far northeast of Saarland, a spherical rock structure of volcanic origin can be …
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The Korbach fissure

Along with the UNESCO World Heritage site “Grube Messel” near Darmstadt, the fossil site “Korbacher Spalte” (Korbach fissure) is the …
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The Nördlinger Ries impact crater

About 15 million years ago, an asteroid more than a kilometer in size collided with the Earth and struck what …
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The “Schneckenstein”

The Schneckenstein is a well-known topaz rich outcrop located in the identically named district of the town of Muldenhammer in …
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The “Familienschacht”

Beneath the town of Freiberg in Saxony exists a large underground mining system dating back to the 18th century. During …
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Dinosaur tracks in the Obernkirchen Sandstone (Lower Saxony)

Some of the layers of the Obernkirchen Sandstone show countless footprints of different dinosaurs. Some 140 Ma ago, carnivorous and …
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The Piesberg

As a result of intensive mining since the Middle Ages, the Piesberg in the highland of Osnabrück between the Wiehen …
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The Ofenkaulen

The mountain Ofenkaulberg in North Rhine-Westphalia is made up of trachyte tuff. The rock formed as a result of volcanic …
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The Externsteine

The Externsteine are a group of spectacular sandstone rocks located within the Teutoburg Forest. The rocks were formed from sediment …
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The Lieth open pit

The Lieth open pit in Schleswig-Holstein offers the opportunity to examine the interior of a salt dome. The dome consists …
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The Saarschleife near Mettlach (Saarland)

The Saarschleife near Mettlach represents a large river bend. The beautiful landscape can be best seen from the viewpoint “Cloef” …
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Rügen Island, chalk coast (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)

The famous white chalk coast on the Island of Rügen consists of limestone marls from the Cretaceous period. They were …
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The Dohlenstein

The Dohlenstein is a huge landslide in the Saale valley, which is active since at least 1740. The largest landslides …
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Devil’s Table (Rhineland-Palatinate)

The Devil’s Table is made of sandstone. The devil is said to have set up the table, but of course …
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