Natural monuments

Falla de Nigüelas Natural Monument

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This geological phenomenon rises above the village of Nigüelas. It is a vast stretch of land made of light marble. It came about due to the cracks in the earth’s crust, which shifted the large boulders that now form the fault that runs south of the Sierra Nevada.

These geological movements are produced when enormous amounts of energy inside the earth are released, which cause huge breakages and movements that create hollows such as Padul. This particular example was created fairly recently, and so the marks and cracks caused by the friction between the blocks can be seen clearly. As this is very unusual in rock formations the Falla de Nigüelas is an excellent example with which to teach and understand this interesting and complex natural phenomenon.

BASIC INFORMATION

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Municipality: Nigüelas


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