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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 2001, 2007
Location: Europe, Switzerland, Cantons of Bern and Valais
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Description: The Alps’ most glaciated part possesses the largest glacier in Europe as well as various classic glacial elements such as U-shaped valleys, cirques, horn peaks and moraines. It is an exceptional geological witness of the uplift and compression that shaped the High Alps. The assorted Alpine and sub-Alpine habitats possess a diversity of flora and wildlife; the plant colonization that came as the glaciers retreated offers a terrific illustration of plant succession. The striking North Wall vista in the High Alps, resting on the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, has played an imperative role within European art and literature. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Jungfrau (German: "maiden/virgin") is the highest peak of a mountain massif of the same name, located in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, overlooking Wengen. The summit of the mountain was first reached in 1811 by the Meyer brothers of Aarau. Once difficult to access, the Jungfraubahn cog railway now runs inside the mountain, up to the Jungfraujoch railway station at 3,454 m (11,332 ft), the highest in Europe. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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