Sunday, February 25, 2018

Monte San Giorgio | Switzerland

This mountain has a truly rich inner life: rising just under 1100 metres in height, the Monte San Giorgio has been a Mecca for fossil scientists since the 19th century. 

Thousands of fossilised fish and marine saurians of up to six metres in length have already been unearthed here by palaeontologists. And for good reason: 230 to 245 million years ago, this was the site of a 100-metre-deep ocean basin. Today, at the southern end of Lake Lugano, the Monte San Giorgio rises like a pyramid – inside, filled with all manner of fossils.

Monte San Giorgio is a Unesco World Heritage site (Swiss - Italian).


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