There are a lot of evidences of the presence of The Carboneras Fault in many other points of the Almeria province. The mouth of Rambla Morales, next to Cabo de Gata village, is another consequence of the tectonic control of the geomorphology. Much further north, in the Rambla de la Granatilla, near Sopalmo village in the municipality of Mojácar, the colorful rocks of the slopes are the result of the permeability of the crushed rocks, called fault gouge, which is impregnated of different minerals and chemical components that give them these colors. Signs of the fault are visible to the observant traveler and to the expert guided visitors. In the famous Cala Enmedio and El Plomo coves, near Agua Amarga, the changes in the cliff slopes indicate an erosive imbalance of a slow but recent tectonic uplift of the area. And one after another, we will find countless features throughout the region that are associated with what is one of the three major faults in the Betic Cordilleras, the reliefs that give the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula its shape.
The seismic risk implied by these geological accidents is obvious and clear, but it should not lead to fear, but to take steps to eliminate or at least minimize the consequences of the earthquakes that occur in this region of the Mediterranean from long time ago. The Carboneras Fault is an essential element of the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, being responsible for the geographical position of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. Actually, the territory of the Park is emerged and in his current position as a result of the slow movement to the northeast of the eastern block of the fault, which also rises very slowly relative to the western one, as if it were moving over a ramp. But let's stay with that, in this environment, we can appreciate the immense energy of the Earth, and enjoy a guided tour with geoGata to know what we like to call the little sister of the San Andreas Fault.
*From F.S. Martos, J.M. Calaforra y J.M. Alonso-Blanco. Universidad de Almería / Afloraguas: Encuadre geológico de la Provincia de Almería.