|Spectacular glacial scenery in the Núria
valley of the Pyrenees.
The Vall de Núria lies at the confluence of seven valleys, all of glacial
origin. Glacial landforms include U-shaped and hanging valleys, cirques,
moraines and roches moutonnées.
Lichenometry techniques may be used to
estimate the different stages of glacial retreat.
Studies can include glacial processes and landforms as well as river channel
characteristics, the impact of the
Vall de Núria ski resort and tourism management for sustainability.
|The Vall de Núria is isolated and can
only be reached by a rack and pinion railway which climbs to 2000 metres.
The total journey time from Barcelona is approximately 2½ hours.
The mountain resort is seen as a model of sustainable tourism, where visitor
impact is carefully managed. Common wildlife includes chamois and marmoset.
The Vall de Núria study is available May-November when
the area is ice-free.