This report entitled "The Geology of the Massif Montgris" was composed by me and
is based in my own work. Where the work of others has been used, it is fully
acknowledged in the text and in captions to tables and illustrations.
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 study is mainly aimed at correctly dating the units of
limestone using micropalaeontological data. The micropalaeontological data has
also given light into the palaeoenvironment/geography during deposition.
Between the 24th of June and the 24th of July 1995 Glen Burnham and I ventured
to Catalunya. More precisely to Torroella de Montgris. Torroella is in the
North East of Spain, just inland of the Mediterranean sea. This remarkable old
town lies at the 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... [continues]
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