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21º Year - 5ª Time - 25/11/2017
GEOGRAPHY

A COSTA DA MORTE (THE DEATH COAST)

The traditional name for the region seen in Arabic texts from the Middle Ages and in European cartography until the XVIII century is Celtic Promontory (Celtium prom). On some occasions it's distinguished as Celtic (Bergantiños), Artabrian (north) and Nerio (south).
The area is located between 42º 45´ and 43º 25´ longitude and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and by the districts of Coruña and Santiago to the east and Barbanza to the south.

The main rivers are the Anllóns, Xallas, Grande and Castro. The highest altitudes are those of Ruña (646 m.), Monte Pindo (629 m.), Monte Santa Barbara (538 m.) and Monte Neme (386 m.).
The most important capes that are known all over the world are Cabo Fisterra, Cabo Touriñán, Cabo Vilán, Cabo Roncudo and Cabo Santo Hadrián.

CLIMATE

Temperatures are temperate during the summer and cool in the winter with an average of 17.5 C in July and 7.5 C in January. The annual average is slightly lower than usual considering its latitude, this is due to the benign effects of the Gulf Stream during the winter and the cooling winds from the north during the summer.

Rain is less frequent than in Galicia as a whole, even receiving the lowest rainfall in the region (Camariñas and Muxía 800 to 1000mm and Fisterra 600 to 800mm). The highest ammounts registered are from Autumn to March (900 to 1000 mm), descending in the summer down to 200 to 300 mm.

Being on the Atlantic, it's the first place to receive the storms from the north in Europe. The sky and especially the sunsets seen from Costa da Morte are considered among the most spectacular in the world.

ECONOMY

Fishing and cattle farming, as well as the service sector and the manufacturing industry are the most important sources of wealth. Malpica and Camariñas are the ports with the highest fish capture (5000 to 6000 tns a year) followed by Caión, Corcubión, Fisterra, Laxe, Corme, Muxía and Camelle.

The area belongs to the eurosiberian region. Forestry management of quick growing species (pine and eucalyptus) have changed the landscape of these areas in the last decades. Previously, the region was populated with deciduos forests, especially oak. The readjustment of the primary sector in the last half of the century created a strong migratory wave towards northern Europe, America and to areas close to A Coruña.

The region is currently home to leading companies in the sector, in great part thanks to its strategic location and good communication links with Coruña-Santiago. These areas have important assets and resources in the primary sector, specifically in farming and fishing. The tertiary sector has developed remarkably in the last decades and the region is shaping up to be a privileged tourist destination in Galicia.

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