WEG Moosbachtal

Landscape in the Dahner Felsenland, the touristy heart in the southwestern Palatinate

The sub-area WEG Moosbachtal (catchment area Moosbach valley) is located in the southern part of the Biosphere Reserve Palatinate Forest and covers an area of 14 km2. It lies within the catchment area of the river Moosbach and its tributary in the east, the Seibertsbach.

The valley of the Moosbach is one of the largest and most important nature reserves of the Southern Palatinate because of its diverse habitats with some extremely rare animal and plant species.

Sampling site

Moosbachtal-Fichte Spruce population in the Moosbachtal
Moosbachtal-Buche Beech population in the Moosbachtal
Edersberg The sampling site Edersberg is located in a mixed forest at an altitude of about 410 m.


Common spruce A major primary producer in semi-natural and anthropogenic affected ecosystems.
Beech As the most dominant deciduous tree species in Central Europe, it plays a significant role in most nearly natural and also anthropogenically influenced forest ecosystems up to an altitude of 1100 m.
Soil Soil is livelihood and biosphere for humans, animals, plants and soil organisms. All the substances brought in are transported, transformed and/or accumulated in the soil.


Metals Eighty percent of all elements on earth are metals
Nonmetals Only eighteen elements in the periodic table
Chlorohydrocarbons Group of organic compounds with at least one covalently bonded chlorine atom
DDT and metabolites Toxic and persistent organochloropesticide
Hexachlorocyclohexane Several isomeric compounds among the group of chlorinated hydrocarbons
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Group of organic compounds with at least three condensed six-membered rings
Stable Isotopes Atoms of one element with different weights
Flame Retardants Flame retardants reduce the flammability of objects
Perchlorate Salts of perchloric acid
Supplementary parameters Additional information for the interpretation of contamination data

Sampling period

2001 - 2017