The Campodola-Leixazós Geological Fold

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The Campodola-Leixazós geological fold was declared as a Point of Geological Interest in 1983, and then as a Natural Monument in 2011. It has a series of characteristics that make it practically unique in the world.

The Campodola-Leixazós fold runs between the villages with those two names, in the municipality of Quiroga. It covers an area of 90 hectares, and it extends for 21 kilometres along the banks of the Ferreiriño River. 

What is really special about this location is the fact that we can see, in plain sight, the place where two continental land masses came together. This is a geological process that led to formation of the territory of Galicia as we know it today. This process of collision caused emergence of structural layers that were previously underground. This occurred in the Carboniferous period, specifically during the Hercynian or Variscan orogeny, or in other words, about 350 million years ago!

The reason we are able to admire this spectacular sight today is because of the erosion and channelling produced by the Ferreiriño River, which has allowed this recumbent fold (as this particular type is referred to by geologists) to become visible. This makes the Campodola-Leixazós a place that is practically unique in the world.

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El punto más espectacular de este monumento natural es aquel donde alcanza su mayor curvatura, el cual se puede contemplar desde el Geomirador de Campodola. Muy recomendable también la visita al Museo Geológico de Quiroga, para conocer de cerca la evolución geológica de nuestro territorio. 

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