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Environmental Geology

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 782–794 | Cite as

Geology and rural landscapes in central Spain (Guadalajara, Castilla—La Mancha)

  • A. García-Quintana
  • J. F. Martín-Duque
  • J. A. González-Martín
  • J. F. García-HidalgoEmail author
  • J. Pedraza
  • P. Herranz
  • R. Rincón
  • H. Estévez
Original Article

Abstract

Methods commonly used in regional geological analysis were employed to study the visual landscapes of the Sigüenza–Molina de Aragón area (Spain). Landscape data were compiled to produce a landscape map and a photograph catalogue. Lithological composition, tectonic structure and recent erosive processes are the main factors controlling the visual landscapes. Territorial properties, such as colours and agricultural capacities, are controlled by these geological characteristics. The landscape map and the photographic catalogue is the main contribution of this paper. The first level of landscape classification distinguishes zones with dominance of either flat, concave or convex areas. Other parts of the territory are, however, composed of concave and convex combinations that originate hybrid orographic structures. In a second level of classification, several subdivisions for each of these types are established.

Keywords

Rural landscapes Landscape map Spain 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work includes some of the results obtained in Project PR3/04-12421 of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Project CGL2004-02179BTF of the Dirección General de Investigación (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia). The authors wish to thank Adrian Burton for his help with the English.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. García-Quintana
    • 1
  • J. F. Martín-Duque
    • 2
  • J. A. González-Martín
    • 3
  • J. F. García-Hidalgo
    • 4
    Email author
  • J. Pedraza
    • 2
  • P. Herranz
    • 5
  • R. Rincón
    • 1
  • H. Estévez
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. Estratigrafía, Inst. Geol. Económica, Fac. C.C. GeológicasU.C.MMadridSpain
  2. 2.Dpto. Geodinámica, Fac. C.C. GeológicasU.C.MMadridSpain
  3. 3.Dpto. Geografía, Fac. Filosofía y LetrasUniv. Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  4. 4.Dpto. Geología, Fac. C.C. AmbientalesUniv. de AlcaláAlcalá de HenaresSpain
  5. 5.Dpto. Correlaciones, Inst. Geol. Económica, Fac. C.C. GeológicasCSIC-UCMMadridSpain

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