The Vogelsberg Volcanic Region National Geopark has made it its goal to make the fiery past visible and experienceable. But it is also important to know how earth's history shaped the region, the development of man, his culture and nature.
Which topics can geostations present?
The main theme of the Vogelsberg Volcanic Region National Geopark is "Volcanism & Life". Thus, a broad spectrum of topics can be covered in the information centres and museums, which depicts man and his relation to the volcano. This includes not only the numerous different raw materials of the region, such as basalt, red sandstone, iron ore, kaolin and coal, but also the products that man has made of them.
The history of the volcanic region Vogelsberg, which originated about 18 million years ago, is of course exciting. In the very long time that has passed since then, however, various - highly interesting - processes have taken place that can be described. For example, subtropical weathering, which led to the formation of brown iron ore deposits or kaolin, is an exciting development.
With man's entry into history, the broad field of man's relationship to natural resources opens up. Stones of all kinds initially served as building materials, initially for the foundations of simple huts and as primitive tools, later for the construction of magnificent castles and palaces. Thus, stone discoveries of all kinds - from the hand wedge to the early modern cannonball and the baroque sandstone sculptures of many castles - can be presented. Also, part of this area is the craft, which over the millennia has dealt with the processing of stones in very different ways.
Iron ore plays a special role among the raw materials, found in the Vogelsberg in the form of brown iron stone. Already the Celts processed the ore, later the mining and processing were modernized and reached an absolute heyday in iron art casting. Many relics of mining and processing can be admired in the economic history departments of the small regional museums.
The central theme "Volcanism & Life" is reflected particularly intensively in the contemplation of today's flora and fauna and their connection to people. Here the development of today's landscapes is of interest as well as the use of soils and renewable resources by humans and the element water. The topic of water has many aspects to offer that deal with springs, salt and thermal water and the use of hydropower.
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