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Model of the Goldau landslide 1806 – afterwards

  • Object
  • Joseph Martin Baumann
  • Schweiz (Land)
  • 1809-1811

On 2 September 1806, some 40 million cubic metres of rock broke loose and within minutes engulfed the village of Goldau and large parts of the valley under a 10–50 metre thick layer of rubble. In the Age of Enlightenment, the avalanche was no longer perceived to be a judgement of God. It had a scientifically explicable cause, which can be understood from the model. The tailor Joseph Martin Baumann was a native of Goldau. For many years, he worked to make the village visible again and illustrate the extent of the avalanche. An increase in rock avalanches is to be expected as a result of climate change, due to the slippage of rock strata no longer bound together by ice.

Detailed information

HU Geomorphological-Geological Collection of the Geographical Institute
Object type
Joseph Martin Baumann
Place of origin
Schweiz (Land)
2,25 x 0,95 m
ca. 5 kg
Plaster; wood; stone
Exhibition Format
Rights statement
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geomorphologisch-Geologische Sammlung
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Exhibition & Module
HU01 After Nature / HU01 02 Main Hall - Modern Cabinet of Curiosities / HU01 02 03 Research Objects