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Friday, 23 April 2010

Pseudo-weekly GoogleEarth placemark #8 - La Hermida Gorge

La Hermida Gorge is the undoubted geomorphological highlight of the University of Manchester 3rd year trip to northern Spain. Incised into the Carboniferous limestones of the Picos de Europa thrust sheet, the relief in the gorge exceeds 1km in places. The road weaves its way down the gorge between Potes and Panes (ha, ha - lost on the Spaniards), passing through Lebena and La Hermida. Several times it crosses bridges to afford a great view of the Rio Deva, while frequent metal netting is deployed to try to catch the rockfall from the valley slides. Features on display include giant rockfall boulders, caves, scree cones and terraces. A spectacular setting, well worth the visit, though perhaps not the best place for a nervous driver...