Geological Route

It was about 400 million years ago that two super continents, Laurusia and Gondwana, collided and closed the Rheic ocean, the "father" of the present Atlantic Ocean. The super continent Gondwana then comprised the present-day South America, Africa, Madagascar, India, Australia and Antarctica, while from Laurusia North America would be "born" and today's Northern Europe. The Rheic was a wide ocean that covered the Blue Planet and the clash between these two super continents would have to arise a new reorganization of the continents. However, not yet the one we know today, because the geological history of the Earth would still have to go through many other "encounters and disagreements" of super continents.

An automobile route to recognize one of the most interesting events in Earth's geological history, and to contact with your testimonies that still remain in our landscape.

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Biodiversity Station of Santa Combinha

Here you can see 43 species of daytime butterflies from the 135 that are known in mainland Portugal. The route of the Biodiversity Station of Santa Combinha is a circular pedestrian route, which begins and ends at the Miradouro near the village of Santa Combinha, and accompanies in 2.6 km the Ricardo Magalhães Trail (total extension of 4.1 km)

The whole course is well marked with orientation plaques and informative panels that will help you identify some of the most common species of fauna and flora in this E.B. as well as certainly contribute to increasing your knowledge and curiosity about the world of insects.

What is a Biodiversity Station?

The Biodiversity Stations are public routes, with a maximum extension of 3 km, signposted on the ground through informative panels on the biological wealth to be observed by visitors.

Each station is located in a site of high specific and scenic richness, representative of the habitats characteristic of the area. (in www.biodiversity4all.org ).

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