Si Trova: in provincia di Agrigento
Lat: 37° 22' 35.13812" N - Long: 13° 36' 2.669849" E
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In an area of predominantly clayey soil, there are the "Macalube", small and unique dark gray mud volcanels.
They are tall from a few centimeters to about a meter, and are surrounded by a suggestive lunar landscape.
The name comes from the Arabic "maqlùb" which means "overturning".
It can happen that the volcanoes erupts considerable amounts of mud into short periods of time, and that the explosions launch the mud even at about twenty meters above the ground.
The geological phenomenon is due to the presence of gas in the subsoil.
The ascent of this causes ascension currents that carry water and mud.
The area in addition to geological interest also has considerable natural interest, which is subject to protection with the creation of the "Integral Natural Reserve Macalube of Aragon", managed by Legambiente Sicilia.
The Reserve is classified as a Site of Community Importance.
In Sicily other mud volcanoes can be found near Enna (the Macalube of Terrapelata) and in the territories of Paternò (Salinelle dei Cappuccini) and Belpasso (Salinelle del Fiume).
For info tel: 091 301663.
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