Dent de Morcles, Waadtland, Switzerland

Dent de Morcles, Waadtland, Switzerland

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Credit: BERNHARD EDMAIER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The huge fold in the flank of the 2969 m high Dent de Morcles is an impressive witness of the collision between Africa and Europe. The layers, originally deposited on the sea floor in a horizontal position, were compressed and shifted. The darker parts developed during Tertiary period. They are younger than the greyish and yellowish limestone of the Cretaceous period.

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