El Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve

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Water & river systems in El Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve

In spite of the undeniable effect of water erosion on the structure and appearance of the rock in El Torcal de Antequera Nature Reserve, it is relatively uncommon to see surface water in and around the area. This is due to the porous nature of the formations, with large cracks and caves. The water that is not found above ground is however stored in underground cavities, the location of which has created a close relationship between nature and man. There are some 15 “pilones”, or watertroughs in the Nature Reserve, whose location has influenced the grazing of animals and the inhabitation by previous populations.

The largest of these underground sources is La Villa, which continues to supply Antequera with water.


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