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The Dead Ground - A valley of unearthly beauty
The dead-ground theory
As in the Totengrund, as in the rest of the heathland, there were only a few nutrients in the soil and there was also no spring or stream, neither cattle nor fields could be operated in the area of the Totengrund. The Totengrund was formerly also called "Toter Grund" by the heather farmers. The only plants were juniper and heather. But people could not (survive) live from it.
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November 9, 2015
The Ground of the Dead - A valley of supernatural beauty
The mystical valley in the middle of the nature reserve, one kilometer southeast of Wilsede. Is it haunting here? No, what sounds so mystical is actually one of the most beautiful heathlands ever. When the heath flowers here in August, you have a wonderful view of the sea of flowers from the valley edges. The purple heat splendor brings the kettle pictorially to overflowing.Heide Pastor Bode and the nature reserve
As early as 1906, Heide Pastor Wilhelm Bode rescued the ground for the dead from planned construction work and thus sealed the formation of the first nature reserve in Germany. In 1921, the heathland was then protected. Today, the Totengrund is one of the most beautiful and most visited heathlands in the entire Lüneburg Heath.Why is the reason for the death called the ground of death?
Here are the ghosts, whereby "ghosts" is already the keyword for the first theory ...The funeral train theory
True to the old customs, the dead were formerly "hauled" through the Valley of the Dead in a funeral procession. The actual streets should not be used for this transport and so a larger detour had to be taken over the ground of the dead. The ghosts of that time are said to be in the grave today.The dead ice block theory
The peculiar cauldron of the Totengrundes with ancient juniper groves belongs to the flat-wave moraine landscape. Through constant defrosting of a huge, sand-overlaid dead ice block, which existed long after the decline of glaciers, this so-called dry valley seems to have arisen. From the melting of the dead ice block then remained the background of the dead.The meteorite theory
The ground of the dead was created by a violent meteorite impact, which extinguished all life in this area to a (one) blow. Only the "bottom of the dead" remained.The dead-ground theory
Since in the bottom of the dead, as in the rest of the heathland, only a few nutrients were contained in the soil and there was no spring and no stream, neither livestock nor agriculture could be operated in the area of the bottom of the earth. The ground of death was formerly called by the heathen farmers "dead ground". The only plants were juniper and heather. However, people could not live on it.
July 11, 2017
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