In the area of Bad Langensalza travertine rocks from the Holocene are found close to the surface. The material is extracted in several quarries. The freshwater limestone deposits were formed bij calcite rich water in a warm climate. The travertine layer is about 20 meters thick. Research concluded that the travertine deposits are between 11.500 and 5800 years old from the Quaternary period.
Near Burgtonna is an active quarry. Near Gräfentonna is an old quarry were fossils still can be found at the surface.
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Bad Langensalza is located in the middle of Germany, north of Gotha.
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Gastropods, leaves and branches of deciduous trees, water plants, mammal bones (i.e. forest rhinoceros, forest elephant, wild boar, hyena, bison), remains of swamp turtles.
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