Permian (299 - 252 million years ago)

The end of the Carboniferous period also marked the end of the Ice Age (not to be confused with the current Quaternary Ice Age). From the latest Carboniferous period onwards, no sedimentation took place in the TERRA.vita area for almost 40 million years, but rivers and winds carried away rock material ...


It was not until around 257 million years ago that TERRA.vita became part of a depositional zone once more - on the southern coast of the Zechstein Sea in a large lagoon. Here, oxygen-free conditions prevented the decomposition of living organisms by bacteria, which is why fish with scales and internal organs, plants and the archosaur Protorosaurus speneri were preserved in the so-called copper shale (a dark brown claystone) (on display in the LWL Museum of Natural History in Münster).


Several million years later, the sometimes egg-yellow, dolomitic limestones and rock salts were deposited in a desert-like climate by evaporation in shallow marine environments. The Permian deposits can also only be found at the Hüggel, Schafberg and Piesberg.

Experience the Permian at TERRA.track Geological Trail Hüggel.

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