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Geotourist promotion of Tsanfleuron-Sanetsch region

This project aimed at developing several geotourist products for the promotion of Tsanfleuron glacio-karstic area (Valais): (1) Elaboration of a series of didactic panels on geology, karstic processes, karstic hydrogeology, glacier retreat and human impacts on karst; (2) Preparation of a geomorphology course for primary school children (on a digital support); (3) Elaboration of a geotourist map of the region.

Research fields Alpine studies
Geomorphology and landscape
Geomorphological landscapes and geo-tourism
Keywords Geomorphology
Karstic processes
Glacial processes
Funding Municipality of Savièse / Glacier 3000
Duration November 2007 - July 2008
Researchers Martin Simon
Reynard Emmanuel


Panneau 0 - itinéraire
Panneau d'entrée de site (col du Sanetsch, station du Scex Rouge)
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Panneau 1 - introduction
Panneau d'entrée de site (col du Sanetsch, station du Scex Rouge)
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Panneau 2 - karst
Panneau présentant le lapiaz et autres formes karstiques (col du Sanetsch, cabane de Prarochet)
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Panneau 3 - glacier
Panneau présentant le retrait historique du glacier et autres formes glaciaires (station du Scex Rouge, cabane de Prarochet)
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Panneau 4 - géologie
Panneau présentant la géologie et l'hydrogéologie du site de Tsanfleuron-Sanetsch (Quille du Diable)
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Panneau 5 - éboulements
Panneau présentant les éboulements historiques de Derborence (Quille du Diable)
Download (PDF file; 1.38 MB)

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Martin, S. and Reynard, E. (2009). How can a complex geotourist map be made more effective ? : popularisation of the Tsanfleuron heritage (Valais, Switzerland). In Proceedings of the European Congress on Regional Geoscientific Cartography and Information Systems. Earth and Man. : Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt. 261-264 Info

Interpretive panel at the foot of the Tour Saint-Martin

View on the glacier from the Tour Saint-Martin