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Almbachklamm Canyon
Germany

The Almbachklamm was formed approx. 15,000 years ago by the melting of the glaciers of the last ice age. The melt water as well as precipitation water cut into the old land surfaces connecting Ettenberg and Maria Gern. The Almbach rises between Rauhenkopf and the Berchtesgadener Hochthron in a high valley. As time passed by the Almbach digged a deep canyon and the hard rock (Dolomit and lime) was washed out by detritus until the water reached todays valley ground and flows as a branch into the Berchtesgadener Ache. The most common rock in the canyon is the bright Raumsaudolomit. Lime and Dolomit are the most important rocks at the Untersberg. Here remnants of sea organisms enclosed in the rocks can often be found. The Dolomit is rich of magnesium, making this rock hard and rough, so it cannot form karst any more. But it is very sensitive to weathering: water blasts the rock during the freezing process and detritus formation results.

Copyright: T. Emrich
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11032x5516
Taken: 05/08/2011
Uploaded: 08/08/2011
Updated: 17/07/2014
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Tags: marktschellenberg; berchtesgaden; almbachklamm; almbach; kugel; mühle; ettenberg; maria gern; canyon; alpen; wandern; klettern
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