Gran Canaria Ravines

October 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The ravines are the one feature of the landscape that most intensely shapes life on Gran Canaria. Millions of years of powerful erosion have gouged and scoured the island’s many ravines, gorges and gullies which radiate out in all directions from the mountain heights down to the coast.

This relief pattern, of continuous changes in slope direction and pronounced differences in level, makes the relative distance between any two points infinitely longer than would normally be expected on an island of these dimensions.

For centuries, this phenomenon has isolated islanders living in one part of the island from their fellows in another, to such an extent in fact, that until relatively recently, it was easier for many townspeople to get to the capital of another island (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) by ship than to Las Palmas, overland.

Barranco Guayadeque

Barranco Guayadeque

These shifts in slope direction also serve to create a series of microclimates in different areas of the island, and so, by the same token, the ravines have likewise been the determining force as regards plant life, favouring multiple and varied types of vegetation.

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