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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Switzerland

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona is a natural property that has been declared a World Heritage Site of Switzerland. It encompasses the Glarus thrust, a series of glaciated mountains that rise dramatically in the eastern part of the country.

The Swiss Tectonic Area Sardona covers 32,850 hectares. Within this area are seven mountains rising above 3,000 meters in height. As this mountain area is comparatively accessible, it has allowed scientists to learn and enhance their knowledge of mountain geology, particularly how mountains are created.


Glacier stream in the Glarus Thrust area
Glacier stream in the Glarus Thrust area
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In the case of the Swiss Tectonic Area Sardona, the mountains were created when the older, deeper rocks thrust upwards onto the younger, shallower rocks. The mountains have been studied since the 18th century. In the early years, scientists do not understand the source of the forces that thrust the mountains upward. It was only in the 1950s that the plate tectonic theory came about to explain the matter.

Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 32nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Quebec City, Canada, on 2 - 10 July, 2008.


Glarus Thrust, Swiss Tectonic Area Sardona
Glarus Thrust, Swiss Tectonic Area Sardona
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N46 55 0 E9 15 0 in the cantons of Glarus, St Gallen and Graubünden, Switzerland.
Inscription Year: 2008
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VIII
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