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NATURE IN SARDINIA>NATURAL MONUMENTS>BASALT COLUMNS IN GUSPINI
 

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BASALT COLUMNS
a rare rock formation

What: a rock face with column shaped cracks
Province: Cagliari
Subregion: Iglesias area
Municipality: Guspini
Locality: Cuccuru Zeppara, inside the town.


Description
A very rare geological formation, dating to 3 million years.
A high rock face, grey in colour, with characteristic column shaped cracks.
The columns were formed from the rapid cooling of a lava outflow.
The wall is in an old quarry, now in disuse, which was dug into the side of Cuccuru Zeppara, a small domed hill which is 167 high.

!important!
The "Organ Pipes" are inside a private garden. To see them you must ask the garden's owners: remember you are not in a public area.

SP suggests:

  • If you are interested in Sardinian knives, you can't miss Guspini. You can admire and buy sa guspinesa, the traditional local knife, the pointed version and the very original truncated type.
  • You must visit Montevecchio and its abandoned mines, just a few km from Guspini: it's worth it!

 
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