The Geology Of The Massif Montgris



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Chapter 1.0

Abstract

This is a study of the Massif Montgris, it is based on evidence gathered in the
field over 21 days of field work. To supplement this data I have looked at
papers and works by previous visitors to the Montgris. The units within the
area are from the Upper Cretaceous the Tertiary and the Quaternary. I aim to
give an overall guide to the geology on a smaller scale than has previously been
accomplished. This ...

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foot of the rather imposing Massif Montgris.

Locally known as "El Montgris" (literally the grey Mountain) the massif rises up
over the town and dominates the skyline. Torroella sits on quaternary
conglomerate deposits. These are easily eroded, hence the valley between Pals
(10Km to the south) and Torroella is extremely flat. The valley is bisected by
the river El Ter, which flows at a leisurely pace from the foothills of the
Pyrenees. The river flows to the south of Torroella and winds it's way to its
conclusion in the Playa de Pals (6Km east of Torroella).

El Montgris has been known to humans since prehistoric times. It has some large
caves on its slopes that served as a shelter to prehistoric man. The area was
very popular with the Romans who cultivated the local area, built roads and
towns (many of which still stand to this day) such as Peretelada to the south
adjacent to Pals.

Since the time of the Romans Torroella has grown into a thriving market town.
It has always ...

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recall a little
about the rocks but was certain of their sedimentary nature.

Our first lead came from an unexpected source. My parents had vacationed in the
area and upon my request had asked locally about any information pertaining to
the Geology. The result was that they brought back a research map that dated
the Massif as Cretaceous but suggested it was composed of 1 massive bed. We
loosely agreed our study areas and arranged our projects accordingly. The local
guide books and map had supplied us with information about the palaeontology
(macro fossils) which suggested the rock was full of bivalves, brachiopods,
corals and belemnites.

Before leaving we were unable to unearth much ...

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