La Morera
de Monsant
Scala dei
Poboleda
Vilella Baixa
Vilella Alta
Torroja
del Priorat
El Lloar
Gratallops
Porrera
Bellmunt
DEL PRIORAT
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In the Paleozoic Era, also known as the Age of Fishes, many diverse types of marine life appeared. Their fossils are found in sandstone, limestone and slate. Rocks from this era are rich in minerals and other elements we value. This period produced the oldest llicorella in the Priorat, 15% of the total llicorella in the region.

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Llicorella Carbonifer constitutes the majority of the Priorat's soils. It was metamorphically formed, mostly during the Paleozoic Era. It represents 70% of the llicorella in the Priorat and 85% of the soil overall. Metamorphic rocks are the result of great heat and compression. They come in an array of shapes, sizes and colors.

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The Mesozoic Era produced sedimentary rocks. It also produced the Montsant Mountains, which surround the Priorat. The transformation was cool and the compression moderate, resulting in rocks with more texture and a tendency to crumble into clay. The Siurana River carried the rocks and clay down to the southern parts of the region.

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Derived from ignis, the Latin word for fire, igneous rocks are the result of the moderate cooling and solidifying of magma during the Mesozoic Era. There are two types: one is formed above and the other below the earth’s surface. In the Priorat, igneous rock was formed below the surface from pre-Cambrian granite, the oldest and deepest layer of earth.

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