Whoever enters Wittmoor on dark autumn afternoons can grasp what makes the moor so unique in literature: its peculiar, rather morbid than vital landscape, its depressing silence, the cold dampness creeping through the clothes. And he will remember the legends and fairy tales or even some poems in which the moor set the stage for events that were as miraculous as they were terrible.
In fact, the Wittmoor offers the most impressive picture of a former raised bog in Hamburg. Many individual plant remains can be seen on the tapping edges of the massive peat layers, which are up to three meters high.
For the botanist or forestry scientist, the Wittmoor is a treasure trove for documenting the history of vegetation and forest since the last ice age, and for laypersons it is also an impressive illustration of the millennia-long history of the formation of this bog, which is a nature reserve on Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein surfaces .
November 7, 2019
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