Because of geological and human influences, it looks very different here than on Kobelsberg. The Kobelsberg consists of upper shell limestone with a thick layer of loess and is slightly hilly. The areas to the west slope down to the south and consist of lower and somewhat middle shell limestone without a layer of loess. Archaeological excavations have shown that there used to be a layer of loess here too. Thus, in the high Middle Ages, there must have been an immense loess washing away. This could have happened due to deforestation associated with mining or due to agricultural use.
Source: Map of the mining circuit, City of Wiesloch
January 4, 2021
Wiesloch Mining Trail | Station 17 | The adjacent basin of the Schlangengrundgraben show geologically and morphologically a completely different character than the Kobelsberg. The reason for this is human activity. The Kobelsberg consists of upper shell limestone and a massive layer of loess. While it is hilly, the western basin is a south-sloping area made of lower and somewhat middle shell limestone and without a layer of loess. The loess layer must have been there in the past, but in the high Middle Ages it was removed by extreme loess washing away. Whether this was due to deforestation by mining or due to agricultural use cannot be determined. Further reading: Hildebrandt, Ludwig H .: The mining circuit on Kobelsberg (City of Wiesloch - Local Agenda 21), Wiesloch o.J.
May 21, 2021
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