Fascinating and Interesting Features of Las Marismas: Sometimes Dry, Sometimes Wet
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Fascinating and Interesting Features of Las Marismas: Sometimes Dry, Sometimes Wet

Las Marismas is a river in Spain which is a matchless sanctuary for wildlife. This stilt-choked delta is sometimes wet and sometimes dry. The term means “The Marshes”. Las Marismas is located at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River in the southwestern portion of Spain in the province of Seville in Western Andalusia. This fantastic gift of nature is one of the finest wilderness areas in southern Europe. About twenty centuries ago, it was a large inner lake, known as Lacus (Lake) Lagustinus. It is also known as Guadalquivir Marshes.

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Las Marismas is a river in Spain which is a matchless sanctuary for wildlife. This stilt-choked delta is sometimes wet and sometimes dry. The term means “The Marshes”. Las Marismas is located at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River in the southwestern portion of Spain in the province of Seville in Western Andalusia. This fantastic gift of nature is one of the finest wilderness areas in southern Europe. About twenty centuries ago, it was a large inner lake, known as Lacus (Lake) Lagustinus. It is also known as Guadalquivir Marshes.

Here are some interesting and fascinating features and facts of the wonderful sight known as Las Marismas.

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1. Las Marismas is situated behind a belt of coastal dunes that features a vast mosaic of land and water: low-lying islands, ponds and seasonally flooded marshlands crisscrossed by countless river channels.

2. This undisturbed wonder of nature is one of Europe’s finest havens for wildlife such as wild boar, lynx and deer including vultures, imperial eagles, herons, flamingoes and spoonbills.

3. Ducks and geese by the thousands also converge on the flooded plains.

4. This geological formation was created a few thousand years ago by the action of coastal currents and waves that gradually built a line of barrier beaches and dunes across the entrance of the bay, transforming it into lagoon.

5. The river’s outlet was called Lacus Lagustinus during the days of the Roman Empire. Siltation of the river completed the transformation filling the lagoon with thick deposits of sediment.

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6. The Barrier of wind-sculpted dunes extends about 70 kilometers along the coast.

7. The fat sands known as Arenas Gordas are crossed only by the main channel of the river at their southern ends.

8. There are pine forests, savannah like plains dotted with gnarled cork oaks inland.

Portions of all these habitats have been preserved in Coto Doñana National Park.

9. During summer, Las Marismas dry out almost completely, leaving parched mud flats to bake underneath the sun.

10. Rains during autumn and melted snow on inland mountains bring the marshes into life…wet again.

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You have painted a good picture of me being there...voted

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