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Sandstone and flysch area

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Geological POI
Location type: Geological POI
Location address: Greece, Lemnos
Number of texts: 4
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Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
Made by Dromos

Here, you are in the heart of the barren sand rock region of NW Limnos. This is one of the toughest areas of the island. If you want a view on a barren landscape, this is a textbook example.You will notice from the poor shrubs (phrygana) and the lack of villages this is not great land for agriculture. The underlying rock is sandstones have been deposited in the Tertiary (Oligocene-Miocene). They were lifted up to these heights but anly slightly folded. You will see that most of the layers are sub horizontal. The soils developing on this type of rock are very shallow and most of the fertile minerals are gone.

Linked themes: Geology, Geography

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Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
Made by Dromos

Vegetation in this area is very poor. The soil on the hills is very shallow, or even not occurring.  Only the narrow valley floors of the v-shapes valleys in the flysch area collect enough soil material and water to offer some richer vegetation.

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Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
Made by Dromos

This poorest area of the island (agricultural wise) lacks villages or even farms. You only find a few small barns for sheep or goats.

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Made by Dromos | Reference Pascal Brackman
Made by Dromos

The typical phrygana plant covering the flysch area is Sarcopoterium spinosum. It looks like chicken wire.

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