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Karst en Yesos de Sorbas Paraje Natural in Andalucia

The beauty  and magnificence of most national and natural parks is best appreciated on the earth's surface. Impressive mountains, craggy landscapes, wetlands and rolling hills. Not so the Karst en Yesos de Sorbas Nature Reserve in eastern Andalucía, at the far east of the Tabernas-Sorbas sub-desert corridor, the most arid region in Europe.

Sure, there are walks through some spectacular and unique gypsum landscapes where you will see plants exclusive and endemic to this region and animal species emblematic to the reserve, the spur thighed tortoise, eagle owls and Bonelli's eagle. But there are clues that much remains hidden beneath your feet. Sinkholes, often marked by a fig tree, dot the landscape, and springs, such as Los Molinos, well up in the Rio Aquas canyon. The Karst formations act as a huge sponge, collecting and storing all the rainwater, which then comes out through these springs.

Beneath your feet there are more than 1,000 caves, most of which are interconnected, and a spectacular, varied array of crystalline formations: stalactites, stalagmites, columns and cave corrals. Rainwater slowly dissolves the gypsum rock, giving rise to an abundance of closed depressions, or sinkholes, on the surface. This is where the karst "windows" appear, the sink-holes and caves connect the arid surface with the complex network of galleries underground. Water penetrates through these windows and continues its erosive, smoothing action, creating Spain's largest subterranean cave system and the world's second largest (yet discovered) in gypsum: the Cueva del Agua system, which is almost 8,500 metres long.

Sorbas Gypsum Karst Paraje Natural

Sorbas Gypsum Karst Paraje Natural is the most important and imposing karstic gypsum landscape in Spain ... Read the complete article >>


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Sorbas

Sorbas is on a mountain overlooking the Rio Aguas in Almeria province. It is known for its ceramics and the nearby Karst en Yesos ... Read the complete article >>


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Sorbas Caves

The Sorbas caves were formed in an area of gypsum karst in the desert environment of Sorbas in Almeria province, Andalucia, south ... Read the complete article >>


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Los Yesaresa walk

Los Yesaresa walk in the Karst en Yesos de Sorbas Nature Reserve in Almeria, Andalucia starts at the abandoned village of Marchal ... Read the complete article >>


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