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The 1200 m Montserrat mountains in Catalonia, NE Spain (credit: Xavier Varela)
The 1200 m Montserrat mountains in Catalonia, NE Spain (credit: Xavier Varela)

The Montserrat mountains are part of the Pre-Coastal Range of Catalonia in Spain and rise close to the capital Barcelona to form a spectacular backdrop.

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Their peculiar pinnacled form results from their comprising tough, well-cemented thick conglomerates, pink in colour and having formed in an early Cenozoic delta. The conglomerates are in very thick, homogeneous beds riven by vertical joints. These two features control the serrated and pinnacled topography, from which is derived the ranges’ Catalan name.

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Cenozoic conglomerates of the Monserrat mountains, Catalonia (credit: Wikipedia)