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Taken just two or three miles along the coast from the little fishing village of Na Macaret, this is typical of the northern coastline of Menorca. Apart from just a few small and often quite secluded beaches, the coast is rocky and ragged with often sparse vegetation.

The rock here is chiefly Tufa, a variety of limestone which is porous and which is formed by the precipitation of carbonate minerals. Tufa is sometimes referred to as (meteogene) travertine but is more porous than the (thermogene) travertine produced by geothermal hot springs. Also, tufa should not be confused with tuff, a porous volcanic rock.

Whatever the precise geological description, this rock is remarkably jagged and sharp. Trying to walk through it is a slow process and any falls could easily cause some nasty cuts. The rock, however, is used extensively for building the very pretty dry stone walls which abound throughout rural Menorca.

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