Grand Marais, Seeland
Grand Marais (German: Grosses Moos) in Seeland is a region in Switzerland, at the foot of the first mountain range of the Jura Mountains contained by the three lakes of Morat (Murten), Neuchâtel and Bienne (Biel). Before the huge hydrological works Jura water correction, it was a marshland that covered 62.5 km2 (24.1 sq mi). Before the correction the entire Grand Marais, along with the whole Seeland was prone to very severe recurring floods.
The main town and centre of vegetable trading is Müntschemier.
The authorities have established in the area two penitentiaries with surrounding agricultural compounds, where the primary, respectively "light" delinquents quartered there can be productively occupied: Bellechasse (Witzwil) and St. Johannsen.
- Grand Marais, Seeland in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Bellechasse in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
- Anstalt Massnahmezentrum St. Johannsen
- ETH-UNS Case Study «Perspektive Grosses Moos – Wege zu einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft»