Saturday, January 26, 2008
Spent the week in Portugal at the EDIT Future Trends of Taxonomy meeting, held at the View from cave, at the beach in front of the Hotel Tivoli Almansor, Carvoeiro. Pretty venue, and an interesting conference (for the sociology, if nothing else).
What I did find fascinating was the local geology, especially what appear to be ancient rock pools several metres above the existing sea level. These can be seen around Algar Seco. The pools are deep, often with smooth edges ground by rocks, some of which are still lying in the centre.
Looks like the sea level here was once several metres higher. When I have a chance I should follow this up (e.g., doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.04.014).