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International Year of Forests

(January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2013)

Carsten T. Rees

Little Forest on Spiekeroog Island

Carsten T. Rees

The “Istein Cataracts” – Rapids of the River Rhine

Istein, Rhine Valley, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

July 8th 2012, 16:45 CEST

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The Istein cataracts are the last remnants of a mountain ridge dating back to the Jura Period, named “Isteiner Klotz” (Istein Block). This area has always been a severe hindrance to ships on the Rhine so, as a consequence, in 1928 the “Grand Canal d'Alsace” was being built, running alongside the ancient bed of the Rhine. Some kilometres upstream of the rapids there is a weir to dam up the water for a hydroelectric powerplant. The forest on both banks is a typical “Auwald” (forest of a flood-plain).

Nowadays with the water level normally being very low, the entire area is a beautiful site for swimming or a picnic. On the panorama you can see a visitors platform. It is so high, that it will not be flooded even in case the weir of the power plant should be opened. There is also a warning light for the visitors.

Europe / Germany

Lat: 47° 38' 49.94" N
Long: 7° 32' 31.5" E

Elevation: 229 m

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon 15mm, Nodal Ninja R1, DXO, PTGui Pro, Photoshop

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