Los Alcornocales Natural Park
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LOS ALCORNOCALES. AN AWSOME NATURAL PARK.

By Carmen Hermosín Román

 

Los Alcornocales Natural Park (in Spanish, Parque natural de Los Alcornocales) is a natural park located in the south of Spain, Nearly all of the uninhabited land in the park is covered by Mediterranean native forest.
much of the human activity in the park is devoted to exploitation of the forest’s resources: hunting wild game, collecting wild mushrooms, and foraging for good specimens of tree heath.
Above all, however, the park’s forests are exploited for the production of cork. The cork oak (Quercus suber) is a tree with a spongy layer of material lying between the outer surface of its bark and the underlying living layer called the phloem (which, in turn, encloses the non-living woody stem.)
Cork has many commercial uses, including wine-bottle stoppers, bulletin boards, coasters, insulation, sealing material for jar lids, flooring, gaskets for engines, fishing bobbers, handles for fishing rods and tennis rackets, etc.

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