Montaña de Guardilama

Montaña de Guardilama during the final ascent of the road to the saddle between it and Montaña Tinasoria. Dec 23rd 2008


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Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Feb 10, 2009 11:56 am - Voted 10/10

What are

the horseshoe-like shapes?

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Feb 10, 2009 3:21 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: What are

Let me quote myself from the main page of the mountain:

"The volcanic ashes have established something in the valley between the three aforementioned mountains, which is unique to Lanzarote: dry-land farming. The island's climate is arid or desert like. The fat trade wind clouds sweep across it without leaving anything but dew for most of the year. Thus farmers need to save any drop of humidity n which task they are greatly helped by volcanic cinder, the so-called lapilli. The lapilli seep up any tiny bit of humidity and jealously keep it. Dig a half foot hole anywhere and any time - the ashes will be moist. Thus farmers dig deep holes in which they plant wine, figs or almonds. They cover the roots with one or two feet of lapilli, then protect the plants against the wind with a wall. This way the whole area around Montaña de Guardilama is a chequerboard of small pits, stretching towards the badlands of the 1730 lava flows. The area has been protected by the Paisaje Protegido de la Geria in which hiking and farming is allowed - but restricted along the trails and roads."

Basically the answer is: this is a vineyard!

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Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Ejnar Fjerdingstad - Feb 11, 2009 6:28 am - Voted 10/10

Thanks for

the explanation. It looks incredible with one vine per horseshoe!

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Feb 11, 2009 9:21 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Thanks for

Actually there are often 2 or three in a horseshoe. There are also bigger horseshoes with fig trees, the crowns of which are huge. But since most of the stem is hidden beneath the lapilli cover, the trees look like low bushes.

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