Post-Conference Field Trip
Leader: Prof. Luis Pomar, Universitat de les Illes Balears
Wednesday 3 May–Sunday 7
The islands of Mallorca and Menorca are part of the Balearic archipelago in the Western Mediterranean, which also include the islands of Ibiza, Formentera and Cabrera. They lie off the E coast of Spain (SSE of Barcelona). Geologically they are the emerged part of the Balearic Promontory, the northeastward extension of the Betic Range External Zone of the Betic Cordillera of southern Spain. The islands are now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, but they have a very interesting history that goes back to prehistoric times. The local language is Mallorquí (on Mallorca) and Menorquí (on Menorca), both dialects of Catalan. You will get a chance to hear both being spoken on this trip, but everyone understands Castilian Spanish.
The field visits will take place from Thursday 4 May through Sunday 7 May, with participants departing from Palma, flying to Mahon, on Wednesday in the late afternoon, after the conference closes. The first two days will be spent visiting field outcrops on the island of Menorca, then flying back to Mallorca (directly from the field to the airport) on Friday 5 May. We will examine outcrops on Mallorca on the Saturday and Sunday. Participants should plan to fly home on Monday the 8th, as the trip will finish on Sunday late in the afternoon.
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