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Natural Monument - Traces of the Ice Age - Glacial potholes

These impressive potholes were formed at the bottom of the glacier by the sheer force of the water. As is still the case in alpine glaciers today, the melt water initially flowed on the surface of the ice before seeping into the glacier through fissures. At the bottom of the glacier the water was under tremendous pressure. As the flow of water gathered speed, vortices with speeds of up to 200 km/h began to form. Within a few years, potholes had been eroded out of the rock. Most of the erosion was created by sand and gravel that was transported with the cloudy melt-water.

The largest pothole in the Glacier Garden is 9.5 m deep and has a diameter of 8 m.
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This pothole is 4 m deep and has a diameter of 4 m.
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