Fault of El Guix (Sallent)

Detachment fault of El Guix (Sallent). The north block, to the right of the picture, sliped over the south block, to the left. The fault is roughly 10 km long, from Santpedor to Horta d’Avinyó, and perpendicular to river Llobregat that crosses south of Sallent. The name El Guix, that means gypsum, refers to the gypsum mineral that comes out in the middle of the fault length, in Sallent. The photo is taken in the land cutting of the railway in Sallent, near to the miner plant of La Botjosa. In this central stretch, the fault unfold in two. The image displays the north planeof the fault.

[photo Florenci Vallès]