Sardona Geopark – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Highlights Eastern Switzerland

The Sardona Geopark wants to show the Earth’s history in one place in Switzerland. It covers parts of St. Gallen, Glarus, and Graubünden. The main part is the Tectonic Arena Sardona, which has the amazing Glarus Thrust rock formation.

UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site Tectonic Arena Sardona with Martinsloch and Tschingelhörnern

UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site Tectonic Arena Sardona with Martinsloch and Tschingelhörnern

Sardona: How does old rock come over young rock?

The fascinating plate tectonics on the flanks of the mountains in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sardona look like a giant mural. The Tschingelhörner in the Elm area are a particularly impressive example. Here you can clearly see how a striking “magic” line connects the younger rock below with the older rock above.

In 2008, the Sardona Tectonic Arena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area was added to the World Heritage List under this name and covers an area of 32,850 hectares. It is considered an important geological and scenic jewel that impresses visitors with its uniqueness and beauty.

The Sardona Tectonic Arena has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its exceptional geological value and unique geological formations. The rock layers of the Glarus Thrust, which were formed by tectonic forces, are visible here. These layers, consisting of sedimentary rocks from the Palaeozoic era, were pushed on top of each other during a tectonic process around 300 million years ago.

UNESCO Sardona in winter with Martinsloch and Tschingelhörnern

UNESCO Sardona in winter with Martinsloch and Tschingelhörnern

The special thing about the Tectonic Arena Sardona is the well-preserved and visible representation of this geological phenomenon. The rock layers are clearly visible and impressively show the displacement and fold formation that took place during the tectonic process. This makes the Tectonic Arena Sardona a unique setting for researching and understanding plate tectonics and the geological development of the earth.

The inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Site underlines the scientific importance and the extraordinary universal value of the Tectonic Arena Sardona. It serves not only as a living geological archive, but also as an educational and research site that offers visitors and scientists the opportunity to explore the fascinating history and dynamics of our planet.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Tectonic Arena Sardona impresses in Elm with the majestic Tschingelhörner and Martinsloch. It is the Glarner main overthrust.

Further information at: UNESCO World Heritage Site Sardona

Video UNESCO Weltnaturerbe Sardona

Das UNESCO Welterbe Sardona Gebiet lädt dank Martinsloch, Segnesböden, Klettergarten und kilometerweiter Fernsicht zum Träumen und Verweilen für Gross und Klein.

UNESCO Weltnaturerbe Sardona

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