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Location: El Playazo de Rodalquilar, Almeria region, Spain
This outcrop displays three beaches of different ages. To the south (right in default view) there is an oolitic Pleistocene fossil beach made of cross-bedded dunes that formed in shallow water, and which now reach about 10 m a.s.l. at their highest point. Further north, on top of it sits a cemented beach (about 100 years old, about 1 m above the high tide mark), which contains recent shells and rounded black cobbles of pyroxene andesite (these were left behind by a nearby quarry that ceased operations about 100 years ago). To the north of that, the present-day sandy beach sits on top of the cemented beach. The recent beach sand also has a higher, older level, that has been fixed by vegetation and forms a terrace about 0.5 m high above the loose beach sand.