Maspalomas Dunes

The dunes lie at the mouth of the Fataga ravine, known as the Maspalomas ravine in its final stretch, where an alluvial fan was formed. Changes in the sea level flattened out the fan, and the dune field formed on top of it. The formation of dunes is a process involving sediment, sea currents and plants, resulting in a shifting dune field. The process starts with the erosion of volcanic rocks and the decomposition of marine organisms. These sedimentary sands are deposited on the shore by the sea current. When the sands dry, the wind pushes them inland, where they come up against plants like the balancón (Traganum moquinii). The plants are surrounded by sand, and a mound forms behind them. This is the origin of the dunes, which continue to shift as the wind pushes them. Around 50 species of flora are associated with the dunes, including native Canary Islands plants such as glabrous samphire (Schigozyne glaberrima). The distribution of a species depends on its ability to withstand burial in the sand, its salinity tolerance, and the availability of water. Plants that grow on the dunes include balancón, tamarisk, nutgrass, shrubby sea-blite, reeds, sea lavender and spiny lettuce.


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