Iberia: natural history and environment

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The environment, geography, nature and landscape of Spain

Thursday, March 10, 2005

The Ebro, Barnacles and Mongooses

Barnacles in Spain
Spanish barnacle buffs distinguish two types: the highly prized “de sol”, which grow on sunny and wave-beaten rocks and which are distinguished by their short, fat peduncle (foot); and the less prized “de sombra” or “aguarones” (shaders or grippers), which spend more time below water and have a slenderer and longer body and a higher water content. Read

The River Ebro
Ultimately the word may well derive from the Basque words ibai (river) and ibar (valley), and these from ur meaning water. Linguists have noted similarities with the names of 200 other European rivers and streams (e.g. Ibar in Serbia, Ebrach and several Eberbach in Germany, Irwell in The UK) giving a tantalising clue as to a form of Basque being once spoken throughout Europe before the arrival of Indo-European tribes and languages. Read

Guide E in progress

eagles, earthquakes, eels (not yet), earwig synonyms, the Egyptian mongoose, eucalyptus...Read

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