Mystery solved: Emsland foundling is 1 billion years old


Meppen (Lower Saxony) – When this stone was created, there were neither humans nor animals on earth.

In September, an excavator in Hüven (Lower Saxony) uncovered a huge boulder on Franz Dörtelmann’s (52) field.

The farmer to BILD: “My grandfather discovered him 50 years ago. Only a small area peeped out of the ground. ”Because he was disturbing the sowing that year, the farmer had a dig. And dig …

The experts from the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) from Hanover examined the huge colossus

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In the meantime, geologists moved in to measure the stone and chisel samples. The result: It is almost six meters long, almost three meters high and four and a half meters wide.

“The boulder weighs an estimated 100 to 140 tons and has been here for 150,000 to 200,000 years,” said Eike Bruns from the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology to BILD.

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In the picture, farmer Franz Dörtelmann (52) had discovered the rock in his field

Photo: Markus Hibbeler

But actually, according to experts, the stone is much older – up to a billion years! It probably originally comes from Scandinavia and came to Lower Saxony with the Saale glaciation through glacier movements.

The boulder is to be lifted in the next 14 days. Alfons Kohne (71, independent), Deputy Mayor: “In the last four weeks, around 10,000 visitors came to see the stone. We want to set it up in the village. “

Next year the foundling will even get a name: Baptism is planned for Easter.

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Since the farmer uncovered the huge stone, the place has become a magnet for thousands of onlookers

Photo: Markus Hibbeler

Glaciers brought the boulders with them

Erratic boulders are huge stones that were transported to their place of discovery by glaciers.

In several ice ages (most recently about 10,000 years ago), the glaciers in the south expanded from the Alps into the foreland. In the north, glaciers from Scandinavia reached northern Germany. They slid over rocky ground, taking sand and stones, but also gigantic boulders with them.

When the ice thawed away, the stones that had been carried along remained lying. The Dengelstein (3700 t) near Weiler-Simmerberg (Bavaria) is one of the largest boulders in Germany.

The Buskam (1,600 t), the largest boulder in northern Germany, lies in front of the island of Rügen.

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