Barcelona Photoblog: Montserrat: The Jagged Magic Mountain

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Montserrat: The Jagged Magic Mountain

Montserrat: The Jagged Mountain
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The mountain of Montserrat used to be part of a delta in the Terciary Period. Sediments came from a mountain range located on what today is the Mediterranean Sea and were deposited on a narrow shallow sea that reached the Atlantic Ocean. From those times are the conglomerate rocks present in the area which are very resistant and that form those familiar monoliths that Gaudi perhaps evoked in his famous knights of La Pedrera's chimney stacks. In between the monoliths there are fractures of clay continuously altered by erosion thus the isolation of the big solid structures and the numerous caves. I mention all this because I was always amazed when some geology teacher back in my childhood days said: "You see these layers here, well, this region was once under the sea" - and you wondered, "how come!, we are miles away!". So this post goes to all those would-be scientists who still feel nostalgic about long gone field excursions.


  1. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Amazing, they almost look like far off city surrounding by a castle wall: old, intimidating amd inpregnable!

  2. amazing mountain and amazing is so far is this from Barcelona?

  3. Anonymous7:06 AM

    nature is amazing,sometimes unbelievable!
    those layers are telling the story of this globe...and i like geology.

    nice shot.

  4. Thanks Jing, Lisi and Susan. I have shifted to new non betta blogger. To start I see that except for lisi the rest turned into anonymous. I hope this is not permanent. I know who it was but I would not like to check my mail and compare it with the comments everytime. Maybe it is just that I was in old blogger this morning. :)

  5. Hi everybody!
    Carlos, this pic is soo spectacular!

    I'm glad to anounce Madrid dailyphotoblog is updated!
    i'm so new on this bussines and I'll hope I'll do it properly!

    Hola a todos!
    Carlos, esta foto es increíble!! Tengo muchisimas ganas de volver a barcelona y descubrir todos estos rincones!
    Y os dejo este anuncio, Madrid dailyphotoblog vuelve a ponerse en funcionamiento! he hablado con Carmen y vamos a volver a ello.
    A ver qué tal sale!! yo estoy ilusionadisima!
    un saludito!

  6. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Amazing - indeed and my favorite subject in teaching an origin ( could I say genesis ? ) of mountains, what is the reason, when they start to rise up from an ocean. . . .I love stones and pictures of them :)
    Thank you!

  7. couldnt possibly imagine that this was the sea..a great photo, Carlos!

  8. I thought it was picture by good painter. Is it real PHOTO?

    What a good sight!


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