Cambios inducidos por actividades antrópicas en los procesos geomorfológicos eólicos de La Graciosa (islas Canarias). Una perspectiva histórica

  1. L. Hernández Calvento 1
  2. M.L. Monteiro Quintana 1
  3. E. Pérez-Chacón Espino 1
  4. L. García Romero 1
  5. A. Santana Cordero 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España


Geotemas (Madrid)

ISSN: 1576-5172

Year of publication: 2013

Issue Title: VII Jornadas de Geomorfología Litoral

Issue: 14

Pages: 115-118

Type: Article

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The objective of this paper is to characterize the relationship between the historical land uses developed on the island of La Graciosa (Canary Islands) and its aeolian sedimentary dynamics. The period between the second half of the eighteenth century, when historical sources confirm human presence on the island, and the present time, is analized. The methodology is based on the interpretation of different sources (historical documents, statistics, aerial photographs, oral testimonies) that allowed us to characterize the changes in the island during the period analyzed, both in terms of land use and aeolian geomorphology. The results suggest the existence of six stages, during which the intensity of human pressure on the environment changed. Therefore, the aeolian geomorphology has been altered, favoring the mobility or the stability of the aeolian sediments.