Les Moises peatland

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It all started at the end of the last Ice Age about 10000 years ago. The glaciers covering the Alps melted and removed themselves to the peaks of the highest mountains.
When the glacier in the Vallée Verte melted, it left a large layer of clay on the Col and a marsh appeared. The marsh gradually became covered in vegetation and, after thousands of years, became a peatland. It feels like you’ve travelled to Northern Europe close to the Arctic Circle. Over time, peat moss (common to peatlands) accumulated to a 4m thickness. Plants and animals had to adapt to this plant raft that acts like a huge sponge. This adaptation makes peatlands unique and highly important for biodiversity and water regulation. You shouldn’t loiter here.


Free of charge
Plateau des Moises, 74420, Habère-Poche
All year round: open daily.