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Did you know that part of the Matterhorn is in Africa? What? But the Matterhorn is on the border between Switzerland and Italy?! What has Africa got to do with one of Switzerland’s most well-known and highest peaks? We’ll tell you! But you have to go on a short journey back in time. The reason for this strange fact can be found millions of years ago, when the Alps were formed by the collision of the African and European tectonic plates. This caused sediment and volcanic rock from the African tectonic plate to be thrust up, traces of which can still be found today in the region of Zermatt. This means that here you find a concentration of African and European rock as well as marine sediment, such as – you guessed it – the peak of the Matterhorn, which consists of rock from the African tectonic plate! Consequently, part of the Matterhorn indeed comes from Africa – at least geologically speaking. So, next time you go skiing in Zermatt, you’re actually not just visiting two countries on the same day, but two continents: because you can actually ski from Switzerland to Italy in the ski region @Zermatt.matterhorn. And if you belong to the mountaineering elite, you can also make the ascent to the Matterhorn’s African peak ;-) Thanks for the photo @alex.yurko

Did you know that part of the Matterhorn is in Africa? What? But the Matterhorn is on the border between Switzerland and Italy?! What has Africa got to do with one of Switzerland’s most well-known and highest peaks? We’ll tell you! But you have to go on a short journey back in time. The reason for this strange fact can be found millions of years ago, when the Alps were formed by the collision of the African and European tectonic plates. This caused sediment and volcanic rock from the African tectonic plate to be thrust up, traces of which can still be found today in the region of Zermatt. This means that here you find a concentration of African and European rock as well as marine sediment, such as – you guessed it – the peak of the Matterhorn, which consists of rock from the African tectonic plate! Consequently, part of the Matterhorn indeed comes from Africa – at least geologically speaking. So, next time you go skiing in Zermatt, you’re actually not just visiting two countries on the same day, but two continents: because you can actually ski from Switzerland to Italy in the ski region @Zermatt.matterhorn. And if you belong to the mountaineering elite, you can also make the ascent to the Matterhorn’s African peak ;-) Thanks for the photo @alex.yurko

100 Comments:

  1. danicacusack

    @will.bales interesting caption...turns out I have been to Africa 😂

  2. gurgel_ch

    Incredible and very interesting! But I guess it is part of Africa that is at the Matterhorn, not the other way around...?

  3. selinaa_za

    und sonen usblick werden mier hoffentli au ha 😍 @siiinaaa._ @celine.8

  4. archtingarcia

    Wow! Switzerland 🇨🇭♥️

  5. 101doggiemom

    Wooaw,that's amazing bit of info👌😍😍Such a beautiful place!

  6. vilaka_boutique

    ⛰🏔🗻

  7. shirared11

    @iggylatman been there.

  8. rotscher18

    Sehr schönes Foto vom Matterhorn. Die Wolken und das pastellfarbene Licht gefallen mir besonders Gut

  9. dominiquemoments

    Amazing shot! I love the composition ♥️ Very well picked 👌🏽 And thanks so much for the information, so interesting 👍🏽

  10. balibay.ch

    Eusi schwiiz!! Eifach wunderschön!!💙💙💙

  11. ceesmcgee

    Gorgeous....ughhhh I want to live there so bad

  12. life.is.bitterli

    nice caption 😊 really interesting 😍

  13. ivnpajares

    @geemm06 just amazing!! Swiss will always surprise us!

  14. tanie_thorsteinsson

    Beautiful Switzerland & Matterhorn!! My dream is to see this mountain one day 😊

  15. gth_0530

    I'm here on zermatt~~

  16. dalehauskins

    Ich wünsche Allnä ein schönen Freitig ond es rüdigs tolls kühle Wuchenändi us sautéed sonniges #SouthernCalifornia ☼*̡̡ ̴̡ı̴̴̡ ̡̡͡|̲̲̲͡͡͡ ̲̲͡

  17. stylinglikesteph

    Yes! Found some sea fossiles on a glacier in Valais last week!

  18. blaisemytrip

    Such a great spot that i have never seen as a swiss...need to change that

  19. hottiehorticulturist

    Amazing and interesting fact thank you!

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