name "Alb" is derived from the indogermanic or celtic term "alpis" which means
"pasture, feeding mountain", namely from the words "Alpweide", "Hochweide", "Alm".
lt was not until the 16th or 17th century that the name "Swabian Alb" came into
use, in order to distinguish these mountains from the (Bavarian) Frankonian Alb
and the Swiss and French Jurassic mountains.
centuries sheep farming and pasturing resulted to a large extent
in the growth of juniperus heaths. These are in many respects
of special importance for the region of the Swabian Alb. The sites
of this chapter offer you the possibility of information on the
subjects of juniperus heaths and sheep farming.