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  Laacher See
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Added in: december 2012
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Geology site description:

The Laacher See is a picturesque lake in the Eifel. Geologically it is a caldera. After eruption of the Laacher volcano, the volcano collapsed and the caldera was formed. This was later filled by water. There are several such volcanic structures in the Eifel but the Laacher See is the largest structure.

The eruption of the Laacher volcano took place 12,900 years ago. Geological research has shown that the volcano erupts on average every 10 to 12 thousand years. Currently the volcano is
sleeping, but it is possible it will erupt in the future. On the southeastern shore of the lake still gas is bubbling to the surface. The volcano has ejected about 16 cubic kilometers of debris during its last eruption.



Close to the Laacher See , the layers of ashes that once were spit out by this volcano are excavated. This picture gives a good impression about how big these layers are.
Added by: ewijnant on 30-10-2014


Close to the Laacher See , the layers of ashes that once were spit out by this volcano are excavated. This picture gives a good impression about how big these layers are.
Added by: ewijnant on 30-10-2014

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The Laacher See is located in the Eifel region in western Germany.

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Fossil location: Eifel (Ahütte)
Museum: Goldfuß Museum

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