The Geologic Landscape of Basque Country

December 11, 2014

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Photographer: Roberto Pinedo Vadillo; Roberto's Web site
Summary Authors: Roberto Pinedo Vadillo; Jackie Phillips

Along the Bay of Biscay, the coast of Basque Country, Spain holds a fantastic geologic landscape. The light color rocks of Aketx Island and the peninsula of Gaztelugatxe are part of a complex of reefs developed during the Lower Cretaceous epoch and include biostromic calcarenite limestone and synsedimentary gaps. The darker color outcrops seen here covering most of Cape Matxitxako are composed of black flysch, formed during the creation of the bay. Note the walkway leading to the peninsula from the mainland. Photo taken on November 21, 2014.

Photo details: Camera Model: NIKON D90; Lens: 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6; Focal Length: 155mm (35mm equivalent: 232mm); Aperture: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250); ISO equiv: 200; Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 (Windows).