It must have been a deafening crash that frightened the inhabitants of Loisachal at that time, nearly 3.000 years ago. With a unimaginable roar broke the summit of the Zugspitze off and rushed madly into the valley – a deadly avalanche made of towering stones and bent tree trunks. The Landslide was to blame that Bayern has lost its only 3000 meter peak! A new exhibition of the Bavarian State Office for the Environment shows how the natural disaster happened back then: The geologists have reconstructed the events of about 3,750 years ago and present their results at the Munich Show 2018.
The Bavarian State Office for the Environment shows exciting insights into the history of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, at its stand in Hall A6 this year. After analyzing the soil around the Eibsee at the foot of the colossus, one thing is certain: about 3,000 years ago, the summit was about 70 meters higher and the entire mountain over 3,000 meters high! Only a gigantic rockfall into the Loisachtal valley, one of the most important transalpine trade routes at the time of the Bronze Age, shortened the Zugspitze to 2,967 m and gave it its characteristic silhouette.
With the exhibition, the LfU also wants to point out the melting of permafrost in Bavaria, which is proceeding with climate change. Ice is not only a glacier on the Zugspitze, about 80 times as much is hidden in the form of year-round frozen water in the interior of many mountains and holds the rocks together like a kit.
The highlight of the LfU stand will therefore be a gigantic block of ice, inside which real parts of the former Zugspitz summit are frozen. Who isn’t patient enough may want to melt the ice by laying on his hands in order to take home a piece of the more than 3,000 m high former mountain summit!
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