Rippiger Kopp – the cuesta of Luxembourg Sandstone

The Luxembourg Sandstone ends at this location rudely and the topography drops steeply down. Such a terrace is called a cuesta. Below the ridge the lower-lying, gently-undulating landscape of colourful marls is observable and predominantly used for agriculture.

With favourable meteoric conditions it is possible to see the “Widdebierg” mountain (the highest elevation) near Flaxweiler, in 12 km to the south. This peak is also again of Luxembourg Sandstone. On the opposite side of the road, the Luxembourg Sandstone can easily be recognized by its yellow colour and stratification. At this location, however, it has to a large extent disintegrated due to alteration into sand. Typical trees growing on such substrate are common broom and Scots pine

 

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