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Sunday, July 11, 2004

Els Aiguamolls and Malaria

The Aiguamolls or marshes of the Alt and Baix Empordà were formerly much more extensive than the few thousand hectares to be seen nowadays. Nothing remains of the large lake at Castelló, with its three islands, or the lakes of Siurana, Vilacolum, Riumors, Bellcaire, Ullastret and Pals except historical records (documents from the 17th and 18th centuries). After heavy rain and high East winds the water can again be seen to rise in their former beds, most spectacularly in the case of Ullastret as seen from Llabia.
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