Geology is history. Earth’s history. By visiting geological sites in the table mountain landscape, you can travel in time – several million years. Each place is a piece of the puzzle, which together tells a story that begins 1700 million years ago. At that time, it was a mountain range high like the Andes here! The mountain range was slowly eroded down to become the flat bedrock surface we see today – the peneplain.
Earth’s continents are constantly moving around the globe. 500 million years ago, Västgötaslätten laid south of the equator, in a tropical setting like the Bahamas today. The rocks of the mountains tell us how sediment and animal life fell to the bottom of the tropical ocean and became rock and fossil.