Earthcache at the landmark of Holtwick
von Christian und die Wutze Deutschland > Nordrhein-Westfalen > Coesfeld
The Egg of Holtwick is a big legendary glacial erratic block. Since long time it's the landmark of Holtwick, district of the municipality Rosendahl in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany.
A glacial erratic block is a piece of rock that deviates from the size and type of rock native to the area in which it rests; the name "erratic" is based on the errant location of these boulders. These rocks were carried to their current locations by glacial ice. Erratics can range in size from pebbles to large boulders such as the Okotoks (16,500 tons) and Airdrie erratics found in Alberta, Canada. They can be found many miles away from their place of origin.
The giant granite rock, whose shape reminds visitors of an egg, was carried to the area of Rosendahl about 200,000 Years ago at the time of the Saale ice age. It's weight is estimated to 30t.
This giant "egg", that is protected by nature conservation, is sticking in the ground at the north part of the village in the center of a small park. The height over ground is approx. 2m but it's about double the size below ground level.
There are many legends dealing with this block. For example that the devil himself tried to destroy the church of Holtwick by throwing this rock at the church. He missed the church and the rock hit the ground at the place, where it still is today.
To log this cache, add a picture of the Egg of Holtwick with your GPSr visible to your log and tell me (by email) from where this block was transported to Holtwick and to which direction the inclined side is pointing.
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Logeinträge für Holtwicker Ei / Egg of Holtwick
28. Mai 2015 cooniecrew hat den Geocache gefunden
Diesen Caches haben wir am 27.10.2007 bei GC gefunden.
Danke und Gruß
02. September 2011 rolandforchrist hat den Geocache gefunden
Diesen Cache habe ich am angegebenen Datum bei Gc.com geloggt. Nun hole ich das bei Oc nach. Danke fürs Zeigen
Mit freundlichem Glückauf - Roland