Treading the natural cover

From the piedmont and coastal relief of the interior until the beaches and dunes of the coast, the Royal Irrigation Canal of Montcada crosses a physical space in which, in spite of the intense activity of the human species over time, one can still identify footprints

The physical medium on which the Royal Irrigation Canal of Montcada sits contains heterogeneous traits. From the last foothills of the Iberian System, past the characteristic dryness of the piedmont, the irrigated alluvial plain characteristic of the Gulf of València and the marshes and coastal systems on the edge of the Mediterranean, the landscape modulats as a function of multiple factors such as climate, soil, vegetation, or the activities of its own human societies. It is an area heavily marked by human action, in which the features that identify it are conditioned to the aridity, buffered from influence from the Mediterranean Sea, and the long history of uses and human activities that are identified with primitive natural habitats are virtually non-existent in our eyes. In short, a scenario in which the constant actions commited to the soil, water, and vegetation, for intensive uses such as agriculture, livestock, and especially, the urbanizing activity of recent years, hinder the possibility of interpreting how these landscapes would have been originally and what were then the keys to ecological balance and environmental sustainability. Despite these changes and perturbations, it is an area in which values and natural resources worthy of mention and conservation can still be identified.

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(Al-Andalus) [711-1238]

(Kingdom of València) [1239-1453]

MODERN PERIOD [1454-1789]


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