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German Nature

It is kind of difficult for me to write something about biodiversity in Germany. Between the German nature and the American nature there is not that much difference. We have nearly the same animals back in Germany. They are mostly just different in their colors. The squirrels here in America looks totally different compared to the German one or the Eurasia red squirrel. From the very first moment that I got here I thought the squirrels here in America were much crazier than back in Germany. They are always hunting each other and making people a little crazy. They are also much more confident with humans in any case.

The nature back home is so beautiful, especially in spring, when all the blossoms on the trees come out. We have sandy beaches in the north and forests all over Germany which are really beautiful to go hiking in or just do bike tours.
One of the biggest forests in Germany is the Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald). It is a wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, in southwestern Germany. It is bordered by the Rhine valley to the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg, with an elevation of 1,493 meters (4,898 ft). The region is about 200 km (120 mi) large. It has an area of approximately 12,000 sq km (4,600 sq mi).
Geologically, the Black Forest consists of a cover of sandstone on top of a core of gneiss and granites. Formerly it shared tectonic evolution with the nearby Vosges Mountains. Later during the Middle Eocene, a rifting period affected the area and caused formation of the Rhine graben. During the last glacial period of the Würm glaciation, the Black Forest was covered by glaciers; several tarn lakes such as the Mummelsee are remains of this period.
In the Black Forest, different kinds of animals find their home. Some of these animals include:
• Cows: Black Forest cows belong to the rare breed of “Hinterwälderberg” cows
• The giant earthworm Lumbricus badensis is found only in the Black Forest region
• Black Forest Foxes are a breed of horse, previously indispensable for heavy field work
• Eagles and owls can be seen at close range as they swoop overhead
In the wintertime people go skiing in the area of the Black Forest. The Feldberg is one of the highest mountains (1,493 m or 4,898 ft) and is next to the Zugspitze (2,962 m or 9,718 ft), which is the highest mountain in Germany.

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