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Gibraltar - Solid as a Rock

Here is my first UK-upload.
Not exactly typical British, I think :)

Gibraltar has a special history. In 1713 after the War of the Spanish Succession its sovereignty was transferred from Spain to the Kingdom of Great Britain. Today its still a British overseas territory.
Since 2006 Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defence and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the UK government.

On its little area (only 6km) you find a mix of cultures, traditions and languages that make it a real special place in Europe.

The rock was formed during the Jurassic Period, about 200 million years ago, when the African Plate bumped on the Eurasian Plate and pushed up the limestone.
The highest point of the rock is 426 meters high above the Strait of Gibraltar (just a bit higher than the place where I took the picture).

Besides the fact that the rock is the only place in Europe where apes, the Barbary Macaques or the Barbary Apes, live in the wild, it is an important resting point for birds migrating between Europe and Africa. The rock functions as a migratory bottleneck.
The nature reserve is also the only place in Europe where the North African plants Iberis gibraltarica and Cerastium gibraltaricum occur.

This information and more can be found on Wikipedia.

On the picture you look over the rock towards Spain with the Mediterranean Sea on the right side and left the Bay of Gibraltar. The Spanish town that you see is La Lnea de la Concepcin and on the right there are its beaches.

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