860-288801 - Clay loaded with iron oxides and dried out, Rio Tinto, Andalusia, Spain *** Local Caption *** R?o Tinto ("Red River") is very acidic (Ph 2) and has a deep reddish hue due to iron dissolved in water. The acidity of the watercourse is linked to the drainage of pyrite, which is very present in the subsoil. Extremophilic and endemic bacteria and algae colonize the river bed, forming a fragile biofilm that evokes the hot springs of Yellowstone Park in the USA.
860-288795 - Black pigs in dehesa in Estramadura, Spain. A dehesa is an agro-sylvo-pastoral mode of cultivation formed by a sparse undergrowth grazing where pigs or sheep graze freely and where green or cork oaks grow, cut and exploited. This very old system persists in the poor and dry areas of the Mediterranean basin and covers several million hectares in the Iberian Peninsula.