The geological museum of Bletterbach
The gorge of Bletterbach between Aldein and Radein is an attraction for geologists at home and abroad. For years now it is famous as a worthwhile research centre.
Most of the latest discoveries and knowledge, we owe to Prof.Leonardi of the geological university of Ferrara. He already visited and studied the Bletterbach in accompany of his students in the forties.
His students Nicosia and Mariotti, now professor themselves at the university La Sapienza in Rom, continued his research and lay the foundation stone for the geological museum in Radein, where people can admire the seldom store. So you can build yourself a clear overall view about earth history 286-210 million years ago.
The museum is divided in two parts: First you are told about geological history, followed by a visual conception of fossils of plants ( club moss, twigs, horsetail, different trees, fruit capsules) dry develop cracks as well as stoned crystals, even fossil prints of raindrops.
Very impressive are the numerous spores of dinosaurs from the size of a lizard till the size of animals with a weight of more than 1.000 kg. ( Pachypes Dolomiticus). Unique in the sand stone of Gröden are the fossils of fishes and Cephalopedes, it could be ancestors of the octopus like we know it now. It is obvious that in this area in the perm time, there must have been a cave in of the sea so that these animals were able to survive here.
The landscape of the Etschtal, 250 million years ago is showed by slights so that you can imagine what was going on in our area millions of years ago.
A visit to our museum takes you about an hour and can be combined with a walk through the Bletterbach. During the opening hours the film of the Bletterbach is shown, all the exhibits were found in the gorge of Bletterbach.