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Parque Natural Los Alcornocales: Guía del Excursionista [Los Alcornocales Natural Park: Hiker's Guide]

Walking / Outdoor Guide
By: Antonio Joaquín Sánchez Sánchez(Author), José Maria Nasarre Sarmiento(Foreword By)
396 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour maps
Parque Natural Los Alcornocales: Guía del Excursionista [Los Alcornocales Natural Park: Hiker's Guide]
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  • Parque Natural Los Alcornocales: Guía del Excursionista [Los Alcornocales Natural Park: Hiker's Guide] ISBN: 9788415030928 Edition: 2 Paperback May 2015 In stock
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Language: Spanish

With an area of 167,767 ha, Los Alcornocales Natural Park in the south of Spain is one of the largest protected areas in the country. One of it main characteristics is the well preserved Mediterranean-style forests. Among them are large tracts of cork oak (Quercus suber), which make up the largest example of this type of forest on the peninsular, and even world level.

But the cork oak has a higher value, because it is a good example of a sustainable relationship between man and nature. It is precisely the economic value of cork oak, cork, which has allowed the survival, and even the expansion, of this unique and beautiful species. This has also contributed to the conservation of the ecosystems and biotopes that house these mountains. Such is the case of the unique riverside forests associated with the canyons, called canutos, that house relics of tropical vegetation that populated Europe during the Tertiary period. In this sense, the peculiar climatic conditions of these mountain ranges allow them to be covered by humid forests that give this area a character that is far from what is expected of a typical Andalusian landscape.

On the other hand, this ancient symbiosis between our species and the natural environment of these mountains has become a culture, and a way of relating to the landscape that is immensely rich in ethnographic values, something which the author of this book puts special emphasis on.

In short, the information in this book allows the reader a good overview of the importance of this southern area.

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El Parque Natural Los Alcornocales, con una superficie de 167.767 ha, constituye uno de los espacios protegidos de mayor extensión de España. Su principal característica viene representada por la excelente conservación de las formaciones boscosas de tipo mediterráneo. Entre ellas destacan sobremanera las masas puras integradas por el alcornoque (Quercus suber), que conforman el mayor ejemplo de este tipo de bosque a nivel peninsular, e incluso mundial.

Pero el alcornocal atesora mayores valores, pues viene a ser una magnífica representación de lo que es una relación sostenible entre hombre y naturaleza. Es precisamente el valor económico de la corteza de alcornoque, el corcho, lo que ha permitido la pervivencia, y aun la expansión, de esta especie tan singular y hermosa. Ello ha contribuido, asimismo, a la buena conservación de de los ecosistemas y biotopos que albergan estas montañas. Tal es el caso de los singularísimos bosques ribereños asociados a los barrancos encajados, los llamados canutos, que albergan reliquias de vegetaciones de carácter tropical que poblaron Europa durante la época Terciaria. En este sentido, las peculiares condiciones climáticas de estas sierras permiten que se muestren cubiertas por húmedos bosques que otorgan a este territorio una imagen alejada del tópico que se espera de los paisajes andaluces.

Por otro lado, esta ancestral simbiosis entre nuestra especie y el entorno natural de estas sierras ha devenido en una cultura y en un modo de relacionarse con el paisaje enormemente rico en valores etnográficos, en los que el autor de este libro hace especial hincapié.

En resumen, puede decirse que la información que se desgrana a lo largo de las páginas de este libro pone a disposición de los lectores los grandes valores de este territorio situado al sur del sur.

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Walking / Outdoor Guide
By: Antonio Joaquín Sánchez Sánchez(Author), José Maria Nasarre Sarmiento(Foreword By)
396 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour maps
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