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Cuba is a fun place to visit and tourists are being attracted for many reasons. It might be simply that cheap packages are on offer and it is a good place to get some Caribbean sun and sand, or maybe it is for a more political reason – to go before Castro dies. Some are attracted by the music, the colonial architecture, the landscape, the bird watching, or the scuba diving. Even those famous fifties cars have many admirers. Whatever the reason, no one will leave the island without being affected by the pulsating rhythms of the music and dance, the racial mixture which has produced such creativity and exuberance in the arts and entertainment, without being diverted into advertising billboards and neon lights. And of course, you haven’t lived until you’ve learnt to dance the rumba.

The island of Cuba, 1,250 kilometers long, 191 kilometers at its widest point, is the largest of the Caribbean islands and only 145 kilometers south of Florida. The name is believed to derive from the Arawak word ‘Cuban can', meaning central. Gifted with a moderate climate, afflicted only occasionally by hurricanes, not cursed by frosts, blessed by an ample and well distributed rainfall and excellent soils, it has traditionally been one of the largest exporters of cane sugar in the world.

Geologically at least, Cuba is part of North America; the boundary between the North American and Caribbean plates runs east-west under the Caribbean Sea to the south of the island. Along the plate margin is a deep underwater rift valley, which runs between Cuba and Jamaica. This feature is quite close to the Cuban coast to the south of the Sierra Maestra, with water plunging to 6,000 meters deep only a few miles offshore.

The northern coastline is gradually emerging from the sea. Old coral reefs have been brought to the surface, so that much of the northern coast consists of coral limestone cliffs and sandy beaches. By contrast the southern coastline is being gradually submerged, producing wetlands and mangroves, with fewer sandy beaches than the north of the island. Limestone's of various types cover about two-thirds of the island. In most areas, there is a flat or gently rolling landscape.

There are three main mountain areas in the island. In the west, the Cordillera de Guaniguanico is divided into the Sierra del los Organos in the west, with thick deposits of limestone which have developed a distinctive landscape of steep-sided flat-topped mountains; and the Sierra del Rosario in the east, made up partly of limestone's and partly of lavas and other igneous rocks. Another mountainous area in central Cuba includes the Escambray mountains north of Trinidad, a double dome structure made up of igneous and metamorphic rocks, including marble.

The Sierra Maestra in east Cuba has Cuba’s highest mountains, rising to Pico Turquino (1,974 meters) and a rather different geological history, with some rocks formed in an arc of volcanic activity around 50 million years ago. Older rocks include marble, and other metamorphic. Important mineral deposits are in this area; nickel is mined near Moa. Click here to go to Cuba Web site.

 

 

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