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Magdalena River Valley

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Long-axis direction  North-South
Age  Cretaceous-Holocene
Type  River valley
Watercourses  Magdalena River
Magdalena River Valley
Bounded by  Central Ranges Eastern Ranges Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Caribbean Sea
Population centers  Barrancabermeja, Ibagué, Honda
Similar  Colombian Massif, Nevado del Huila, Nudo de los Pastos, Serranía del Baudó, Nevado del Tolima

The magdalena river valley

The Magdalena River Valley (Spanish: Valle del Río Magdalena) is a valley in Colombia located within the Colombian Andes. The valley is specifically situated between the Central and Eastern Ranges and crossed by the river of the same name, the Magdalena River.



The Magdalena River Valley was formed after a series of tectonic formed depressions that filled up with continental sediment in the Tertiary period. These sediments came from the Central Ranges of the Colombian Andes. The Magdalena Valley, subdivided into the Upper, Middle and Lower Magdalena Valleys, is an important area for oil exploration in Colombia.


The first recorded European contact with the potato was in 1537 in the Magdalena valley. The Spanish invaders became familiar with the crop and it was probably around 1570 when a Spanish ship first introduced potatoes to Europe.


The Magdalena River Valley is home to a species of butterfly, Magdalena valley ringlet or Splendeuptychia ackeryi, first identified in 2009. There are many endangered birds and mammals found in the region, including the brown spider monkey and the endemic blue-billed curassow and white-mantled barbet. These species are threatened by habitat loss, among other factors.


Magdalena River Valley Wikipedia

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