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The Mallos de Riglos (English: Mallets of Riglos)[1] are a set of conglomerate rock formations, located in the municipality of Las Peñas de Riglos, in the Hoya de Huesca comarca, in Aragon, Spain. They are located near Las Peñas de Riglos some 45 km (28 mi) to the northwest of the city of Huesca. Rising to some 300 metres (980 ft) high (c. 1000 metres or 3,300 ft (1,000 m) above sea level), they form part of the foothills of the Pyrenees.[1]

Mallos de Riglos
Mallos de Riglos is located in Pyrenees
Mallos de Riglos
Mallos de Riglos
Location in the Pre-Pyrenees area
Highest point
Elevation1,045 m (3,428 ft)
Coordinates42°21′05″N 0°43′27″W / 42.35139°N 0.72417°W / 42.35139; -0.72417Coordinates: 42°21′05″N 0°43′27″W / 42.35139°N 0.72417°W / 42.35139; -0.72417
Geography
LocationHoya de Huesca, Aragon, Spain
Parent rangePre-Pyrenees
Geology
Mountain typeConglomerate (Miocene)
Climbing
First ascentUnknown
Easiest routeFrom Las Peñas de Riglos

The Mallos were formed when eroded material washed down from the slopes of the Pyrenees and became cemented together by limestone. Over time, this mixture became compacted into a large mass of conglomerate rock.[1] Eventually, erosion wore away the softer, more porous parts of the conglomerate. The more resistant rock remained, and became the formations known as the Mallos de Riglos.[1]

Because of their relatively vertical sides, the Mallos de Riglos are a popular destination for climbers.

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  1. ^ a b c d Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 318. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.

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