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The Canyon-Po Lo Shan-Tuen Mun 黃昏的菠蘿山大峽谷金黃一片
Hong Kong

The Canyon-Po Lo Shan-Tuen Mun 黃昏的菠蘿山大峽谷金黃一片  菠蘿山名不經傳,不像毗鄰的青山那麼有名,卑微得只算是良景邨的後山,越過山可走到人間仙景「下白泥」。年年月月日日,邨民從山上遠眺飄蕩在半空的落日,紅光映在堆填區綠皮下爛掉的高雅,旁邊是魚塘小村人家。 一座山,從邨到村,大家只想好好過日子。菠蘿山是地理科老師謝華興筆下的屯門後花園,有機會好好認識屯門的自然地貌。原來香港處於中國蓮花山斷層帶,其中兩條斷層便在青山及九逕山山腳,由於兩條斷層上下錯動,凸出的兩邊形成現在的兩個山體,中間凹位是一個低地小裂谷,就是現在的屯門谷。沿青山山脊向下走,便可到達菠蘿山。這一帶以花崗岩為主,由長石、雲母、石英等礦物組成,由於不同礦物有不同的抗蝕能力,其中以石英的抗蝕能力最高,所以,隨處可見石英碎石。夏季高溫多雨,有利風化及侵蝕,總是幫忙塑造荒漠地貌:「地貌的組成有很多因素,譬如這裏的植物覆蓋較少,眾所周知數年前發生的山火,燒了很多林木植物,缺乏植物保護就容易造成侵蝕。」部份較大的沖溝呈現黃色、白色、紅色等豐富多姿的大自然色彩,紅色是原先風化前花崗岩內的鐵,氧化後變成鐵紅色。沿車路行至盡頭,開始進入黃土地,路兩旁長滿崗松,輕輕一搓,嗅到的香氣竟似白花油,再往前走,日落黃昏之時走到山上最大的沖溝拍照,黃色荒漠被染得泛紅。這條路越來越窄,在旁另闢新徑,美麗卻步步驚心,老師說大沖溝終有一天被風雨夷平,不再危險,他處又有新沖溝形成,這就是大自然。 黃昏的菠蘿山大峽谷金黃一片,寧靜怡人。

Copyright: Njohn
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6584x3292
Taken: 02/12/2013
Uploaded: 07/12/2013
Updated: 09/04/2015


Tags: po lo shan canyon; tuen mun canyon; 黃昏的菠蘿山大峽谷金黃一片; 屯門大峽谷; 菠蘿山大峽谷
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