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After a week of troubles with my old laptop I've got a new one. Here my first picture posted with the new one ... I hope it works ;-)

This is the estuary, of Maggia river in Lago Maggiore in the Swiss canton Ticino. Maggia here has "piled up" a huge delta (please see HERE, especially in the large version) where the towns Locarno and Ascona are situated.

Maggia has a length of 56 km and dewaters a big part of the canton Ticino. It is a very impetuous river and it often is called the biggest torrent of Europe. The large catchment area, the huge altitude difference and the intensity of rainfalls often cause sudden flood waters. In 1978 (August, 7th and 8th) for example the river has had a volume of water of 3500 cubic metres/sec., 500 times as much as its average water quantity. Hydrology scientists have found out that the erosion caused by Maggia is such immense that the delta - above lake level (please see linked picture) - has an age of only about 2000 years. In some other thousand years the rubble of the delta will cut through Lago Maggiore ...
The lake here has a depth of about 200 meteres, so you can imagine the masses of boulders which Maggia has carried away in the mountains.

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