Here is an abandoned Lower Muschelkalk quarry. In addition to the yellowish dolomitic limestones of the limestone bank, a section of the approx. 240 million year old seabed has been exposed and preserved. The regular wave pattern is a pleasure to look at. It indicates the subaquatic formation from lime sludge. Embedded in the surface are isolated inconspicuous petrefacts, e.g. sea line style members (witch's pennies), which can also be found in various places around the area in the forest floor (e.g. v. Encrinus liliiformis in the trochitic limestone). An information board clearly gives more precise explanations.
March 9, 2021
The fossil seabed near Herberhausen is optically rather unspectacular. But if you are interested in geology, you will find exciting information on the information board. And if you have crossed the Kerstlingeröder diagonally north anyway, then you can also dranhängen this little detour. ;-)
May 13, 2017
Is an easy hike and with a little bit of attention you can see and observe many beautiful things, e.g. rare plants or forest animals, insects.
Also, there are signs on this tour every now and then or information boards to special places.
You should have food and drink in the backpack, then you can go on a picnic on different places.
May 9, 2017
Here in the forest quarry of Herberhausen you can look straight into the history of the
Göttingen Forest 240 million years ago.
At that time, Germany was much more southerly due to continental drift, roughly where Senegal is today in Africa on the southern edge of the Sahara.
Large parts of the country were covered by a shallow sea.
Here in the quarry, the seabed is preserved as if the water just disappeared yesterday.(Source: geobiologie.uni-goettingen.de)
7 days ago
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