Aschendorfer Moorpfad

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Parkplace at the Birkenallee, Papenburg, Germany

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ik-ben-10eke ik-ben-1…
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Aschendorfer Moorpfad Jul 27, 2009
The Aschendorfer Moorpfad is a 1,8 km long path through the bog, where on information panels the past and present of this type of wetland is explained.

Along the path are panels with information about the origin, the use, the plants and animals, and the future of the bog.

About 5500 BC the European climate got wetter, and large parts of western Europe became uninhabitable because the water could not drain away. This created circumstances for plants as Sphagnum, or peat moss. Sphagnum can hold up to 90% of its own volume of water and doesn't mind growing on acid soil.

The result was that western Europe became covered with large moor (bog) area's.

The area at the present border of the northern Netherlands and the German Emsland was such a moor, caled the Bourtanger Moor.

Because it was wet and acid, a unique environment was created for moorplants and animals.

Since Roman times people used the dried bog (turf) as fuel. From the 17th century the turf gained in economic value, and people from far and near came to make money at the moor. This continued on a high scale till half the 19th century, and the people who made a living by the turf saw their income tremenduosly decrease; at the second half of the 20th century the turf business was about to end.

By that time the moor was almost "killed", only little area's were left, which are nowadays mostly with a national reserve status.
First panel, the welcome sign
Explanation of the origin of the m…
Part of the path, birch tree stems
The path
ik-ben-10eke says:
It is just that some specific words, area bound as in this case, don't exist in english :)
Posted on: Aug 06, 2009
aloneinthecrowd says:
I understand what you mean, I get lost in translation often, too ;)
Posted on: Aug 06, 2009
ik-ben-10eke says:
Yes I did like it very much, I love these kind of area's, this is what we call: "Hoogveen" (Hochmoor), where I live it is all "Laagveen" (Niedermoore). It is a bit similar to our area, however, we are below sealevel.
I can't explain it properly, the difference in language (English) makes it hard to translate.
Posted on: Aug 06, 2009
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