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Liechtenstein - Die Nahtstelle der Alpen

 About the geological diversity of the Liechtenstein Alps

von GeoMops     Liechtenstein

N 47° 08.335' E 009° 31.366' (WGS84)

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Status: kann gesucht werden
 Versteckt am: 28. Oktober 2009
 Gelistet seit: 03. November 2009
 Letzte Änderung: 07. März 2018
 Listing: https://opencaching.de/OC96DE
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Geological assembly of the Alps

The Alps are - in comparison to their surroundings - a relatively young range of fold mountains. They originate from the drift of the African against the Northern European tectonic plates since Upper Jurassic (Malm) 150 MBP, that persists until today. Strata of an ancient basin of the Tethys Ocean, that had been deposited here since Perm 250 MBP, were shifted. The southernly strata were shifted upon the northerly ones during this process.


Drawing 1: Schematic drawing of the assembly of the Alps

In the eastern Alps the Austoalpine nappes have almost been shifted to the northern edge of the Alps and cover the other nappes there - therefor the name. In the region of todays Switzerland the Austroalpine nappes have been almost completely eroded. In northern Switzerland the Helvetic nappes are topmost and so made their name. In the southern Switzerland the Penninic nappes is topmost. In the eastern Alps these are displayed in the outcrops as windows (Hohe Tauern) because of tectonic processes. At the northern edge of the Alps between the Austoalpine and small islands of the Helvetic nappes a Flysch zone can be found. It was the trough of the Cretaceous subduction zone. Because of the excessive thrust fault several nappe stacks may be displayed in quite small regions. Therefor the Alps appear very versatile landscaped in geological respect.


Drawing 2: Schematic drawing of the allocation of the main nappe stacks in the Alps

Geology of Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is located on the edge beween western and eastern Alps. This edge proceeds along the Alp Rhine in north-southern direction. The area of Liechtenstein covers notably multiple geological zones, that are introduced in the following.


Drawing 3: Schematic drawing of the main nappes in Liechtenstein

Austroalpine

The major part of the Liechtensteiner Alps belongs to the Austroalpine nappes. The innermost stratum is built of bunter and shell limestone. These are covered by slate and lime strata. The steep slopes in the south of the Malbuntal and the Hahnenspiel in the Saminatal are build of lime and dolomite of the Arlberg strata. Between Malbun and Sassfürkle pits build by caved in gypsum with gypsum crystals and 'Marienglas' inside them can be found. Because of the gypsum in the north of Erble a mineral source's water divides milk. The slate and sandstones contain multiple fossils like fern and horsetail. The Ochsenkopf, Zigerberg, Gallinakopf, Drei Schwestern, Kuhgrat and Alpspitz are bult of Dolomite rock. Nearby the Drei Schwestern hand sized plates of Hematite crystals can be found. From the Jurassic 200 MBP over the Cretaceous period to Eocene 40 MBP derived the strata of the Falknisdecke. The Falknis breccia series indicates the biocoenosis of an ancient coastline. There debris of corals, algae, Belemnitae, mussels, worms gear, echinites, snails, punks and water lilies can be found as fossils.

Helvetic

The Fläscher- and Schellenberg stick out the Rhine valley as an apophysis of the Helvetic nappes and build its natural border. Particulary at the Schellenberg this stratum contains a lot of fossils. Most important are the cretaceous Belemnites in the 'Schrattenkalk', fish teeth in the Luitere fossil stratum and Ammonites, mussels and snails in the Lochwald stratum.

Flysch zone

Between the Schellenberg in the north and the Austroalpine the westmost apophysis of the Flysch zone covers Liechtenstein. The Flysch zone is classified into three units: the Vorarlberger Flysch between Maurerberg and Schaan, the Vaduzer Flysch between Wildschloss and Triesen and the Triesner Flysch in the south of Triesen. The Vorarlberger Flysch is exalted up to 1000m with fossil Fukoidae and Helminthoidae inside the Plankner series. Very rich is the microfauna of Couches-rouges, particulary with Globotruncanae from the Upper Cretaceous in the grey and red clay and lime strata. Between Triesenberg and Gapfahl-Obersäss a Sulzfluh stratum is located built of Couches-rouges, slate, Flysch, light grey lime, but granite, too.

Rhine valley

Granite, partially as erratic blocks, may be found together with gneiss and garnet containing 'Stahlstein' slate in the moraine of the quarterny Rhine glacier. The Rhine valley itself is somehow obscure: to date it is not discovered, if the Rhine valley is a geo-technical depression or a result of erosion processes; maybe it is caused by breakage splittings. The geological basics lead to another devolution of the Rhine, but ...

Sources (sorry, in German language only)

  1. Stabsstelle für Kommunikation und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit - Postfach 684 - 9490 Vaduz. http://www.liechtenstein.li/
  2. Alpen-Info / Liechtenstein http://alpen-info.at/html/liechtenstein.html
  3. C. Kuhn: Einführung in die geologischen Zonen Österreichs. http://www.8ung.at/geologie/geinfueh.htm
  4. Institut für Geographie der Universität Stuttgart: http://www.geographie.uni-stuttgart.de/links/
  5. Wikipedia: Alpidische Orogenese: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpidische_Orogenese

All drawings have been composed by the owner using the mentioned sources. The photo has been taken during a visit at September 30, 2009.

About this cache

This cache tries to give you an approximate overview about the geological basics of the Liechtensteiner Alps. The whole Principality is mentioned, so it is not easy to give this cache an appropriate location. Substitutional the Tourist office of Vaduz was chosen, because all information required to solve the questions of this cache can be retrieved here - most easily these of the Stabsstelle für Kommunikation und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit. The team of the Tourist office proved very friendly and helpful, especially to solve any questions around Liechtenstein!

An addition to this cache I suggest excursions into the multifarious landscapes of the Principality of Liechtenstein to every interested visitor. There you may explore for example the Geology of this region in situ.

Questions

  1. Which route should the river Rhine take in respect to the geological basics?

  2. What overlying strata cover the western hillsides of the Fläscher- and Schellenberg?

  3. Of which bedrock is the Ellhorn as a prominent extension of the Fläscherberg built and from which period does it originate?

Log validation

  1. To claim this cache as found you have to write an email containing as subject the GC-code of this cache, a valid return address and as body text the answers to the questions to GeoMops@web.de. You will receive an answer with the permission to log if your answers are correct within a few days.

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I hope you will enjoy this cache - it is the first Earthcache in Liechtenstein - have fun!

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gefunden 03. November 2019 LouisCifer hat den Geocache gefunden

Auf dem Weg durch die Vaduzer Fußgängerzone informierten wir uns in der Touristen-Info über diesen Earth Cache. Leider konnte uns dort auch nicht weiter geholfen werden, so dass wir zu Hause die Online-Recherche starten mussten. Die Antworten habe ich eben geschickt. DFDEC!

gefunden 22. September 2019 binerle07 hat den Geocache gefunden

auf unserer Heimfahrt mussten wir uns natürlich noch das schöne Fürstentum Liechtenstein ansehen und wurden nicht enttäuscht....[:D][:D]

auch dieser sehr interessante EC lag stand auf dem Plan....

nachdem wir die Fragen beantwortet hatten, besuchten wir noch das wunderschöne Schloss....

lieber owner herzlichen Dank für diesen EC....[^][^]

TFTE

binerle07 und ihr Hase

gefunden 07. August 2019 helitrek hat den Geocache gefunden

An einem grauseligen Regentag durch Schweiz und Liechtenstein auch hier vorbei.
Danke fürs zeigen.
helitrek

gefunden 07. August 2019 Robidog24 hat den Geocache gefunden

Schnell noch das Bild Heute ging es im T5er Fan Team (Junaro, Wood55 und Frau Robidog24) ins Rheintal. Herr Robidog24 und die Cacherhunde waren auch mit dabei. Während die Kletterverrückten am Seil baumelten, sammelte er einige Tradis ein.
Um die Mittagszeit beendete dann ein längerer Landregen die Höhenaktivitäten. Wir machten ein gemütliches Päuschen in Vaduz. Während Junaro anschließend den Cachertag beendete, sammelte der Rest noch einige Dosen in Liechtenstein ein.
Wir hatten einen tollen Tag, trotz etwas feuchtem Wetter.

Bei einem kleinen Spaziergang durch Vaduz sind wir hier vorbeigekommen.

Danke für's Herführen und das Legen und Pflegen vom Büchsle.
Ein Glückskäferle ist eingezogen.
Viele Grüße von Robidog24.
Been there, done that #5360.

gefunden 19. April 2019 R O B I N hat den Geocache gefunden

Nachlog GC - siehe auch https://coord.info/GLYE0BVV

Originaltext:

Kleinen Ausflug nach Liechtenstein unternommen. Dabei auch das Städtle von Vaduz besichtigt und anschliessend einen Spaziergang ins Landesinnere unternommen .

Danke und Gruss
Robin

Logfoto: Bildle aus Vaduz