Friday, January 20, 2012

Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada

Because of its isolation and altitude this massif has remained a haven for plants and others that may be considered endemic to the Mediterranean where it grows, and that is why it is considered as a reservoir of unique species in the region.

This detail is supported by a Ministry of Environment of Spain, where there has been detailed at least 66 plant species endemic to the region, and about 80 animal species are seen only in this place.

Traditional economic activities taking place in this area and surrounding are related to agriculture and livestock, mainly by the abundance of water that exists in the area, allowing crops including conducting an altitude of 2,000 meters (on the south side, for its weather conditions)

But obviously the importance attached to this region in recent times has been related to tourism, where the location of the ski resort of Granada has acquired very good recommendations, together with further warm temperatures and high sunshine hours. This detail is not unimportant, since it leads to this area to become home to a large number of winter sports.

In addition, of course, the appeal of visiting the natural resources of this area, which holds the following awards:

1986. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO1989. Declared a Natural Park by the parliament of Andalucía1996. XXIV See the World Ski Championships Alpino1999. Declared a National Park for its botanical values, landscape and cultural

Has been framed in the list of national parks of the Ministry of Environment of Spain as a national park where the climate is a clear reference to the Mediterranean high mountain ecosystems, being a relative aridity and heat stroke due to strong influence of the Mediterranean area where it is located.

This results in a low onset of rains in summertime, while winter precipitation occur mostly as snow at an altitude over 2,000 meters.

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