Torredembarra, dune test bench

Did you know that on the Paella beach in Torredembarra there are three completely different dune fields that are right next to each other? If your answer is 'no', keep reading and you will discover a new wonder of our Mother, Nature.

Indeed, at one end of the beach, next to the marina, there are three dune fields that, a priori and without being aware of this fact, cannot be distinguished from each other. I, at least, would not be able to do it. Others, like the 24 students from the International School in The Hague who were analyzing them until yesterday, yes.

First they did a detailed study of the artificial dune ecosystem that was created in 2012 with a contribution of sand extracted from the port and the planting of species from nurseries and from Els Muntanyans. Then they analyzed the second, which has the particularity that it is, as explained by the GEPEC technician, Xavier Pedro, a pioneering project worldwide. This space was formed in 2015 with bindweed, a marine plant that reaches the beaches with storms and that "normally withdraws, but here it was decided to experiment to see how it would work in the dunes." Finally, they focused on a third dune field, completely natural and "formed simply by blocking the way to people."

A "fantastic opportunity"

Being able to study the behavior of the dunes here, in Torredembarra, is a "fantastic opportunity." These are the words of Simon Brooks, the director of the International School in The Hague, who celebrated being able to take advantage of the good temperatures now: "Think that right now in Holland it is raining!", he cried, and assured that "that our students can Doing this work outdoors in November is incredible. We look forward to repeating the experience next year and for many more."

Finally, Brooks explained that the 24 students at the Dutch center are Geography students who are taking the IB International Baccalaureate Certificate and must do a project "which basically consists of studying dunes." «We have used this fantastic opportunity for them to get to know all those plants whose natural habitat is in front of the beach. In addition, they can see how elements such as wind speed, PH, or soil acidity influence their growth,” she pointed out.

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