miércoles, 12 de mayo de 2021

Salt Flats of Rasall

 Las Salinas del Rasall (Salt flats of Rasall) were built at the beginning of the 20th century on two old freshwater lagoons, these small salt flats were created by the hand of man diverting the Rambla from Cobatillas that fed the wetland. It is the first thing draws the traveler's attention when entering the eastern sector from the Calblanque Park. They are surrounded by a landscape similar to the African, so there are contrasts of great beauty". (Source: lamangaconsorcio.es)

So, at Regional Park of Calblanque you can visit that salt flats where migratory birds have found a place to rest. Indeed, most of them have found a place to live due to the warm climate at Region of Murcia.

lunes, 10 de mayo de 2021

The Origin of Calblanque Coastline

 A view from south of Calblanque coastline. At background right, the sand dunes of Calblanque beach. As I commennted in a previous post, that is a "young coast" in geological times.

A little bit of Geology: "The collision between the aforementioned plates (see previous post) caused an intense deformation of the crust and the emersion of the sediments that for more than 200 million years had been accumulating at the bottom of the Tethys Sea. In reality, the convergence process was more complex since the interaction of three plates occurred: the African plate in the South, the Iberian plate, differentiated from the European plate, in the North, and the Alboran microplate, located between them. The east-west displacement of the Alboran microplate was ultimately what determined the formation of the Betic mountain range. This displacement was very complex and caused compressive structures in some areas and extensional in others.

The mountains of Cartagena, and in general the extreme South of the Region of Murcia, belongs to the so-called Internal Zones of the Betic Mountain Range, also called the Betic Domain or the Alboran Domain. In it, the compressive forces caused not only the folding but also the metamorphism of the materials, also producing thrusts of up to hundreds of kilometers. The Mountains of Cartagena-La Unión, like the rest of the Betic Mountain Range (Cordillera Bética), began to emerge from the sea at the beginning of the Miocene Superior, just 20 million years ago. After its initial emergence, the primitive Mountains of Cartagena suffered important transformations. After an important phase of erosion, it was partially covered by a transgressive and tardiogenic neogenic series whose age ranges from the Serravallian to the Tortonian. When the pressures between the plates, at the end of the Miocene, there was a distension phase, producing deep fractures in the earth's crust that gave rise to an important magmatic activity in the area (postogenic magmatism). Thus, the volcanic complex of Campo de Cartagena and Mar Menor was formed, approximately at the same time as other volcanic complexes located further west of the mountain range, such as those of Mazarrón and Gata Cape." (Source: Guía Geológica del Parque Regional deCalblanque, Monte de las Cenizas yPeña del Águila)

sábado, 8 de mayo de 2021

The Force of the Sea

 This area of the coast of Calblanque area is being chiseled by the sea, as well as by the wind

jueves, 6 de mayo de 2021

Lonely Cove

 As I mentioned on previous posts, at coastline of Monte de las Cenizas and Calblanque there are many coves with difficult access. Although, when I took that picture it was a deserted beach, during summer season, it is usually ocupied from noon to the afternoon. And some of that coves used to be nudist beaches.

martes, 4 de mayo de 2021

Creation Traces

Lots of coves (difficult to access) can be found along the coastline between Monte de las Cenizas and Calblanque, where you can see how the sediments have been arranged during the formation of these coastline and mountains. Experts said those are young formations, as it formed during the convergence process between the Iberian and African plates at the end of the Mesozoic and during the Cenozoic

domingo, 2 de mayo de 2021

Life Sprouts

 Life sprouts where it can.

I found that daisies? in a hidden cove with difficult access located between beaches of Las Cañas and El Barco. At Natural Park of Calblanque.