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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

106 Comments:

  1. balibay.ch

    Eusi schwiiz!! Eifach wunderschön!!💙💙💙

  2. selinaa_za

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

  3. wildalps

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

  4. janasjagd

    @_jeggiii 😍

  5. heusser.kurt

    Interesant

  6. tyriades

    Awesome shot!! 😍

  7. rotscher18

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

  8. danaism

    Wow ❤🇨🇭

  9. thefashionjogger

    That’s breathtaking

  10. swissfashioncouncil

    Amazing photo

  11. faralways

    Interesting 😘👶🏻

  12. kody_mccormick

    @lisa_kowieski

  13. omeroguzhanphoto

    Amazing 🙌😱

  14. luisawilhelmi1

    @ben.besse @leoniewilhelmi @utawilhelmi

  15. paiviroitto

    Beautiful colours 😍💗💜💗💜 Sweet highest alp 🌋🇨🇭

  16. recitalhotel

    My dream Zermatt❤️

  17. from_annwithlove

    @atp_1993 😏

  18. attilionegri

    @jujufarias_bass @rafaelnei93 @sarasasse

  19. malufaquetti

    @above_and_beyond_acro

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