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Daun, a climatic health resort and hydrotherapy centre, is situated in the heart of the Volcanic Eifel, a region largely shaped by volcanic activity. The town boasts a trio of volcanic crater lakes, namely the Gemünden maar, the Weinfeld maar and the Schalkenmehren maar. In the Geo Centre you can learn all about volcanoes and volcano research, while the Wallenborn geyser is one of the Eifel's most fascinating natural phenomena.
Daun volcanic maars
Maars are small lakes formed by volcanic activity. They are a characteristic feature of this region, and are known as the "eyes of the Eifel". The Eifel maars were created mainly by eruptions of volcanic gas, and it is thought that the Daun maars formed separately, within a relatively short period of time in geological terms. Separated only by their volcanic tuff walls, these three maars are located right beside each other, around 1.5 kilometres to the south of Daun's town centre.
Volcanic Eifel Geo Centre
The Volcanic Eifel Geo Centre is the focal point for geosciences in the region and also coordinates all geological installations. Between 10,000 and 600,000 years ago, volcanic events left behind around 250 eruption points in the western Eifel. To illustrate this, the centre displays local rocks from the Devonian and Triassic periods, together with a total of 60 carefully selected examples of volcanic peculiarities, all divided into twelve different categories.
The Wallenborn geyser
Wallenborn is situated south-west of Daun in a pretty valley in the heart of the Volcanic Eifel, ideal if you want to see spectacular evidence of the volcanic activity that goes on beneath the Earth's crust. Everywhere in and around the village carbon dioxide gas from a 20-kilometre-deep magma chamber forces its way to the surface. At the Wallenborn geyser, this occurs in such breathtaking fashion, that together with the recently formed dry crater lakes located nearby, it gives you some idea of the powerful forces locked deep within the Earth. This amazing volcanic spring is the only one of its kind in Europe.
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