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El Torcal natural park

El Torcal natural park

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DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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El Torcal de Antequera is a nature reserve in the Sierra del Torcal mountain range located south of the city of Antequera, Spain. It is known for its unusual landforms, and is one of the most impressive karst landscapes in Europe. It has four geological sections: Sierra Pelada, Torcal Alto, Torcal Bajo and Tajos and Laderas. The highest point in El Torcal is Camorro de las Siete Mesas (1336 m) in the Torcal Alto. The Jurassic age limestone is about 150 million years old and was laid down in a marine corridor that extended from the Gulf of Cadiz to Alicante between the present Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. These seabeds were uplifted to an elevation of over 1300 meters during the Tertiary era, resulting in a modest mountain range of flat-lying limestone, which is rare in Andalucia. Neolithic artifacts have been recovered from various location within El Torcal.

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