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  Monte San Giorgio

november 2013
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november 2013

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Location description

Monte San Giorgio is a mountain on the border between Switserland and Italy. The site is UNESCO world heritage because of the well-preserved and rich Triassic fauna.

During the Triassic, this was a tropical lagoon, where sediments were deposited layer by layer, providing a rich view into this marine ecotope. Due to close proximity of the mainland, also terrestrial biota are found.

Pachypleurosaurus of Monte San Giorgio.

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The mountain lies north of Mendrisio. Reportedly, there is an educational hiking trail.

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Besides marine reptiles, fish, ammonites, crustaceans, etc. , also terrestrial reptiles, plants and insects have been found.

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Other locations in the area

Museum: Museo Etnografico e Naturalistico Val Sanagra
Museum: Il museo Insubrico di storia naturale
Museum: Museo dei Fossili del Monte San Giorgio
Museum: Museo di Storia Naturale
Society: Gruppo Mineralogico Lombardo: Milan Natural History Museum


Thanks to Mark Wolvers

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