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Schwäbische Alb

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Description

Twelve main areas with over 100 crags, the strip of land making up the Schwäbische Alb a.k.a. Schwäbische Jura falls between Stuttgart and Ulm, Nördlingen and Mühlheim, 220 km from southwest to northeast. It is a low mountain range. Though there are some volcanic and quarzite sites, the SA is composed mostly of limestone, which formed the seabed during the Jurassic era. There are three layers of black jura, brown jura, and white jura, which has been bored by surface water to create a mesh of caves feeding the Danube. The limestone is so pure, that while it is solid, it is being warn away at a glacial rate by rainfall (5cm/year). The limestone is so pourous that in places the water of the Danube occasionally disappears. There is also a crater called the Nördlinger Ries that in 1960, two American scientists proved that it was caused by a meteorite impact. It is the larger of two craters in the area.
Blautal (Blue valley) near Blaubeuren is one of the main areas, and lies nearly in the center of the SA.

Getting There

The crags lie mainly in the area between Stuttgart, Ulm, and Reutlingen.

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Beautiful Bad Urach's old town and a short drive/hike away from over a dozen crags!
[Hide Photo] Beautiful Bad Urach's old town and a short drive/hike away from over a dozen crags!
Uracher Wasserfall, just a short hike from Bad Urach
[Hide Photo] Uracher Wasserfall, just a short hike from Bad Urach
This demonstrates the Malmkarst porousness of the limestone in the Schwäbische Jura, this has caused the hundreds of caves in the area.  This example may be applied to Frankenjura as well.
[Hide Photo] This demonstrates the Malmkarst porousness of the limestone in the Schwäbische Jura, this has caused the hundreds of caves in the area. This example may be applied to Frankenjura as well.

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Chris Vredeveld
Stuttgart Germany
[Hide Comment] For anyone that gets on, I've got my hands on some german language guidebooks and I'm going to work on getting out to most of the areas in the Stuttgart region and get as much as I can updated here. Working right now straight out of the Spatzle and Seil guidebook by Ulrich and Harald Roker (ISBN# 978-3-938680-09-4) Mar 20, 2012