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"Der Große Pfahl" – Bavarian’s Geotope #1

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"Der Große Pfahl" – Bavarian’s Geotope #1

On a trip around the integral nature reserve "Großer Pfahl" you will learn interesting
and worth knowing things about flora and fauna, quartz stone pits and fairy stories about the
"Pfahl" in the Bavarian Forest.

Key Features:
Up to 30 m high and often hundreds of meters long rocks which contains quartz and slate.

More than 140 kilometer.

From 10 metre up to 4 kilometer.

Quartz Vein: 2 centimeter up 100 meter
Slate Vein: up to 2 kilometer

Slate: circa 340 million years
Quartz: circa 240 million years

From Schwarzenfeld in the Oberpfalz up to Linz in Austria.

Special Places:
Moosbach ( GCX12Q )
Viechtach ( GC18VRX )
Regen ( GCA2D9 ) )

Highest Part:
758 meter above Mean Sea Level at castle ruin Weißenstein

The word "Pfahl" is derived from the latin word "pallidus" which means swallow and complexionless
In german:
"pallidus" = fahl, bleich (Pfahl ~ fahl)

Quartz Stone Pit:
The pit was founded in 1892.
Quartz was used for streets and later for the glass industry.
Since 1939 is it a nature protection area.
Then it was only allowed to mine quartz in special locations, like Viechtach.
This quartz was used for terrazzo paving stones.
The quartz from Viechtach was famous for its acid- and abrasion-resistance.
The last application was for microchip-silicium and for photovoltaic.
After 101 years the pit was discontinued in 1992.

"Der große Pfahl" - Bavarian's first Geotope since 2002

One of the most important beauties of nature in the Bavarian Forest is the white legendary Quartz rocks of the "Pfahl".

"Der große Pfahl"crosses as a very old break line by a length of nearly 150 km the Bavarian Forest's basement. There is, due to its geology meaning and nonrecurring, a world wide interest.

In today's scenery is this "Artwork of the Nature" in manifolds forms: impressive and spectacularly is its towering white quartz, or the deep magnificent Pfahl-slate towers.

It was a grandiose Place for castles and burgs. A special rich flora and fauna is located near the Pfahl-region.

The Pfahl are over ten proactive areas which were submitted to the Europe Union as a nature protective area.

On a trip around the integral nature reserve "Großer Pfahl" you will learn interesting worth knowing about the flora and fauna, quartz stone pits and fairy stories about the "Pfahl" in the Bavarian Forest.

For more information, visit the permanent free exhibition "Der Pfahl im Bayerischen Wald" in the tourist information in the old town hall, "Stadtplatz 1, 94234 Viechtach".

What to do?

Start your trip on the information station:
N 49° 04.834 E 012° 51.945
and follow Path #4 "Große Runde".

Station 1:
N 49° 04.927 E 012° 51.773

Station 2:
N 49° 04.969 E 012° 51.773

Station 3:
N 49° 04.999 E 012° 51.704
Describe the look and feel of the outcrop.

Station 4:
N 49° 05.064 E 012° 51.608
Send me an e-mail with the name of this Station.

Station 5:
N 49° 05.088 E 012° 51.527

Station 6:
N 49° 05.231 E 012° 51.200

Station 7:
N 49° 05.292 E 012° 51.072
Take a Photo with you and your GPS.

Station 8:
N 49° 05.077 E 012° 51.437

Station 9:
N 49° 04.880 E 012° 51.820

Your Jobs:
Deine Aufgaben:

- Describe the look and feel of the outcrop at stage 3.
- Beschreibe das Aussehen des Abraums an Station 3.

- Whats the name of Stage 4?
- Wie lautet der Name von Stage 4?

Please send me the name of station #4 by using my
Sende mir zeitnah mit Deinem Log die Antworten dieser beiden Fragen.

- Publish, along with your log entry, the photo from Stage #7 that shows you and your GPS
in front of the rocks and also one from your favourite place on the Pfahl.
- Veröffentliche mit deinem Log ein Foto, von Stage 7, dass dich (gerne unkenntlich) mit deinem GPS zeigt
und eines von deinem Lieblingsplatz am Pfahl.

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