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Sardinia - The emerald island (ENG)

Sardinia - The emerald island (ENG)

Sardinia is an Italian region located in the western Mediterranean and its territory coincides with the Sardinian archipelago, consisting almost entirely of the island of Sardinia and a considerable number of surrounding small islands and archipelagos. Its strategic position and its wealth of minerals favored its population in ancient times and the development of commercial traffic and cultural exchanges between its inhabitants and the coastal peoples.Rich in mountains, woods, plains, largely uninhabited territories, streams, rocky coasts and long sandy beaches, the island has been metaphorically defined as a micro-continent due to the variety of its ecosystems. In modern times, many travelers and writers have enhanced its beauty, which remained uncontaminated at least until the contemporary age, as well as immersed in a landscape that houses the vestiges of the Nuragic civilization. The Sardinian natural environment is characterized by a high number of endemics. Some of these are paleoendemisms, ie relics of the ancestral fauna and flora dating back to the Cenozoic before the detachment of the Sardinian-Corsican plate from the European continent; these species, real living fossils, formerly became extinct in continental lands while they survived in particular conditions in Sardinia.Directed by Gigi Oliviero