Gorges of Mühlviertel in Upper Austria – Part II Klamschlucht – Granite Tor

Above is the Klam fortress standing proud on its rock, while below is the Klamschlucht gorge where I visited on my last trip to Linz. Situated in the town of Klam.  Now not to be confused with ‘Klamm’ which means gorge (if you’ve being following my obsession of photographing these places you no doubt know). The people of Klam have played with the word ‘Klammschlucht’ – the gorge that offers both a ‘Klamm’ and a ‘Schlucht’.

But what’s more interesting, if not bizarre is the rock structures to be found within the canyon. The gorge offers a fine example of what they called ‘Woolsack’ formation of rocks in German the word is ‘Wollsackverwitterung‘, otherwise known as a ‘granite tor’. Formed millions of years ago, when the climate was more topical this granite outcrop would of being the bedrock. Covered underground, the heavy rains would make their way through the stone and form channels. When the ice age came about 10,000 years ago, these water lines expanded and cracked the rock.

Similiar granite tors came be found all around the world, particularly interesting are the ones in Dartmoor in the England  and in the middle of Austrialia too.

The image is available for purchase as special edition triptych fine art print, available mounted and framed to.

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