Snatcher if the land
Between water and land
No heart shape stone
Just oval quartz
Imprints of history
Journeying through time
Moved and shaped by the earth
Never the same but always the same on the surface
No moment is held
"The mountains of Nerja are largely limestone, but they span 500 million years of geological time. The youngest rocks are the conglomerates that can be seen below the Balcón de Europa, which are only 10,000 years old.
The walk to Haza de la Encina, south of Jayena, crosses Pliocene conglomerates that are five million years old. The cliffs of Alhama de Granada are from the Miocene and so are about 15 million years old. Then we jump back in time to the Jurassic rocks, 180 million years old, for the climb at Ventas de Zafarraya.
But the oldest rocks are those that form the main body of the mountains of Nerja and these are 280 to 500 million years in age, spanning geological periods from the Permian back through the Carboniferous and into the Cambrian.
The older rocks were lifted and the mountains formed 30 million years ago during the tectonic collision of a Mediterranean breakaway plate with the land masses of Africa and Europe.
This collision caused the formation of the Betic Cordillera of which Sierra Nevada, the Alpujarras and the mountains of Nerja are a part. The mountains of Nerja are in the most active seismic area on the Iberian Peninsula and experience major earthquakes roughly every hundred years.
The limestone varies from white soft chalk to hard, blue calcitic rocks. In the area of Fuente del Esparto there are lenses of black limestone shales, while near Lucero the heat from the mountain building has turned the limestone into marble.
There are no volcanic rocks in this region. There are areas where the limestone is friable, reminiscent of the Dolomites, and other areas where they are Karstic, with holes cut into the rock by acidic solution. The entire area is dotted with caves of all shapes and sizes".
https://www.andalucia.com/nerja/beaches.html EL PLAYA el Playazo beach lies to the West of Nerja town centre, between Urbanización La Tropicana and the mouth of the river Higueron; approximately 1.8km long. it is accessible from the N340 via the Rambla de Chillar.
The sand is typically mediterranean; dark with course grains.
Facilities include: showers, sunbeds, parasols and number of beach side restaurants located on the paseo, to the East of the beach, on the edge of the town. The excellent facilities and high standard of cleanliness have been recognised by the European Union who awarded it the Blue Flag.
Due to it´s size this beach remains relatively quiet even through the summer months, with tourists preferred to stay within the town centre."
Techtonic shifts - Main active faults in the Granada and Guadix-Baza Basins (Betic Cordillera)
Still looking fo rthe actual pebble name - but came across these amazing images of Microscopic images:
I love these. So absolutely Beautiful and the real beauty is that they could be abstract art, when they are not abstract at all but created by the earth. I am so interested in finding out more around these different rocks and how this could be captured. I am interested in how these type of image is cresated and how magical and beautiful they present.
MicROCKscopia - Rock Art by Bernard Cesare.
Sketch book notes, looking at Rhythm, sound and quick sketches