jueves, 2 de junio de 2011

Mogote! What is that?

Mogotes are geomorphologic structures encountered in the Caribbean, especially in Cuba. They appear as hills of limestone which generally occur in regions of tropical or subtropical rainfall.

Mogotes are characterized by their rounded, tower-like structure. The heights of these towers are generally less than 25 m (82 ft); diameters range from 10 to 200 m (33 to 660 ft). The structure forms are elongated with a pronounced, long vertical axis orientation. They have a classification of tropical cone and tower karsts.

Mogotes are remnants of eroded limestone sedimentary layers. These layers are originally formed in shallow waters, then folded and faulted during orogenic cycles.Tectonic upraising exposes the limestone layers to the surface where they can be eroded by rainfall, wind, and wave energy.

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