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Zumaia (Spanish: Zumaya) is a small town in the north of Spain in the Basque Country.

It is located at the point where the Urola and Narrondo rivers come together. The origins of the town can be traced by its ancient monastery. In the Middle Ages, the people that lived in the Sehatz valley having to endure the continuous attacks of pirates and pillagers, fortified the city. The church today retains the relic of its defensive appearance.

The town has two beaches (Itzurun and Santiago), which are of interest to geologists because they are situated among the longest set of continuous rock strata in the world. Known locally as the "flysch" they date from the mid-cretaceous period to the present, a time period of over 100 million years. The K-T boundary is present at the Itzurun beach, and fossils can be found, notably of ammonites. The strata stretches along a distance of about 8 km, between the towns/beaches of Deba and Getaria, with Zumaia lying in the middle (see photo in the comment box). en.Wikipedia


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Zumaia (baskisch, spanisch Zumaya) ist ein hübsches Städtchen in der Provinz Gipuzkoa (spanisch Guipúzcoa) im Norden der iberischen Halbinsel in der spanischen Region Baskenland. In der Bucht fließen die Flüsse Urola und Narrondo zusammen. Zumaia liegt ca. 25 km westlich der Stadt San Sebastian.


Geologisch interessant ist Zumaia vor allem wegen des an der Küste gut sichtbaren Flyschs. Flysch (eine schweizerische Bezeichnung für Felsmaterial, das zu Bergrutschen und Hangrutschungen neigt) bezeichnet in der Geologie eine in ihrer Gesteinszusammensetzung abwechslungsreiche Wechselfolge von oft kalkhaltigen Sandsteinen und Tonsteinen, die intensiv verformt sein kann (s. Foto im Kommentar). Wikipedia


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