Waterway trail on the Moosalbe

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Waterway trail on the Moosalbe
German: Wässerwanderweg an der Moosalbe
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The Moosalb(e) in the Karlstal valley
Length33 km (21 mi)
Location Palatine Forest
Trailheads Klug'sche Mühle near Trippstadt, DE-RP
Highest point473 m, Johanniskreuz
Lowest pointca. 300 m, powder mill near Schopp
Hiking details
Seasonall year round
Waymark No, circular path
Maintained byThematic trail of the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate

The Waterway trail on the Moosalbe (German : Gewässerwanderweg an der Moosalbe) is one of seven themed walks on the subject of hydrology in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The path runs for over 33 km along the Moosalbe and Hirschalbe streams through the Palatine Forest and has 23 way stations.

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Themed walk

A themed walk is a walk along which there are information boards covering a specific topic or theme, such as regional history, industrial history, mining or forestry. Features of nature or of geology are often laid out as special educational paths. Municipal authorities or local societies are usually responsible for their establishment and maintenance.

Hydrology The science of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth and other planets

Hydrology is the scientific study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth and other planets, including the water cycle, water resources and environmental watershed sustainability. A practitioner of hydrology is a hydrologist, working within the fields of earth or environmental science, physical geography, geology or civil and environmental engineering. Using various analytical methods and scientific techniques, they collect and analyze data to help solve water related problems such as environmental preservation, natural disasters, and water management.


Documentation by the State Ministry for the Environment and Forests [1] describes the route and gives detailed information on the geology, hydrology und climate of the area.

Geology The study of the composition, structure, physical properties, and history of Earths components, and the processes by which they are shaped.

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Climate Statistics of weather conditions in a given region over long periods

On Earth, interactions between the five parts of the climate system that produce daily weather and long-term averages of weather are called "climate". Some of the meteorological variables that are commonly measured are temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, and precipitation. The climate of a location is affected by its latitude, terrain, and altitude, as well as nearby water bodies and their currents.


The following significant water management stations connected with mills, weirs, wells, springs, waterbodies and ecosystems lie on the route:

Weir barrier across a river designed to alter its flow characteristics

A weir or low head dam is a barrier across the width of a river that alters the flow characteristics of water and usually results in a change in the height of the river level. There are many designs of weir, but commonly water flows freely over the top of the weir crest before cascading down to a lower level.

Spring (hydrology) A point at which water emerges from an aquifer to the surface

A spring is a point at which water flows from an aquifer to the Earth's surface. It is a component of the hydrosphere.

Ecosystem A community of living organisms together with the nonliving components of their environment

An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system. These biotic and abiotic components are linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flows. Energy enters the system through photosynthesis and is incorporated into plant tissue. By feeding on plants and on one-another, animals play an important role in the movement of matter and energy through the system. They also influence the quantity of plant and microbial biomass present. By breaking down dead organic matter, decomposers release carbon back to the atmosphere and facilitate nutrient cycling by converting nutrients stored in dead biomass back to a form that can be readily used by plants and other microbes.

  1. Klug'sche Mühle, a mill with weir and mill pond
  2. Fischweiher source (source of the Karlstal)
  3. Fish breeding ponds
  4. Unterhammer, with a weir for driving the iron hammer mill
  5. Hummocky meadow (Buckelwiesen), an irrigation scheme
  6. Weir (Stauwehr)
  7. Iron smelting (Eisenschmelz)
  8. Stelzenberg Waterworks and spring
  9. Friends of Nature house of Finsterbrunnertal
  10. Rolling mill (Walzwerk)
  11. Borehole (Tiefbrunnen) III
  12. Engtalbach waterway management (Gewässerausbau) near Krickenbach
  13. Old Pumphouse (Altes Pumpwerk) in the parish of Schopp
  14. Natural section of the Moosalbe near Schopp
  15. Powder mill pond (Pulvermühlweiher)
  16. Powder mill (Pulvermühle), ruins of the old factory that produced black powder
  17. Hirschalb valley and mill (Hirschalbtal and Hirschalbmühle)
  18. Source of the Moosalbe
  19. Tiefenteich spring
  20. Submerged spring (Grundquelle), near Tiefenteich
  21. Langspateliges Laichkraut
  22. Oberhammer Waterworks with Boreholes 1 and 2 (near Trippstadt)
  23. Karlstal Gorge with its cave house and the Amseldell

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  1. Ministerium für Umwelt und Forsten Rheinland-Pfalz. "Gewässerwanderwege". Landesamt für Umwelt, Wasserwirtschaft und Gewerbeaufsicht Rheinland-Pfalz. Retrieved 16 June 2008.

Coordinates: 49°21′17″N7°45′06″E / 49.35472°N 7.75167°E / 49.35472; 7.75167

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