Earth pyramids consist of cone-shaped clay and the boulders lying on top of it, often forming bizarre landforms. They can originate in soils from Late Iron Age moraine clay, which remained here on the Ritten from the Eisacktal main glacier and some local secondary glaciers. These soils are rock-hard in a dry state, while when they are raining they turn into a soft pulp and slide off, creating steep slopes 10 to 15 meters high.
More rains wash out these slopes, but lie in the softer earth's rock, the clay under these rocks is protected from the rain and while the surrounding material is further and further removed from the weather, the majestic earth pyramids literally grow out of the ground.
It will be difficult to say how long it will take for an Earth pyramid to form, as too many components are involved here. Nor is it possible to determine exactly how old an earth pyramid is or can become. However, it is clear that the largest and most beautiful pyramids can form in a period lasting up to thousands of years.
It is very quickly over with a pyramid of the earth when the capstone first falls from the top of the pyramid: the material is thus exposed to the rain and the column becomes smaller with every rain. And while the one earth pyramid disappears through this process, the next one is formed further up the slope.
May 3, 2017
These are the tallest and most beautiful in their shape from all over Europe. These were created from Late Ice Age moraine clay, which was piled up here by the large Eisacktal main glacier as well as by local secondary glaciers. The earth pyramids on the Ritten can be admired in three different places: in the Finsterbachtal between Lengmoos and Mittelberg, slightly below Oberbozen and Unterinn.
September 16, 2016
The pyramids of the earth have been created by rain rains in centuries, and the pyramids are formed by the stone, which lies on top as a cover. But as soon as it falls down, the fate of the pyramid is sealed, and it collapses after the next downpours. A very unique spectacle of nature.
May 16, 2017
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