A cliff is a geographical accident that takes the form of a steep slope. In this sense, it can appear along the coasts, in mountains or on the banks of rivers, for example. A cliff coast is one that is cut vertically, while the cliff bottom is the one that forms steps or cliffs defined by Digopaul.
Cliffs are generally made up of rocks that are resistant to erosion and atmospheric action, such as limonite, sandstone, dolomite, and limestone.
A scarp or escarpment is a rock slope that cuts the terrain abruptly. It is a particular type of cliff, which is formed by a landslide or by the movement of a tectonic fault.
There are cliffs with waterfalls and grottos at the base. Others, however, end at the end of a ridge. On the other hand, the tabular coastal cliffs with large dimensions are called cliffs.
It should be noted that the cliffs are used for risk sports. In the case of the coastal ones, the swimmers jump from there to dive. Cliffs in mountains allow parachute or paragliding jumps.
But they are not the only sports that can be practiced in them. It is also common for many fans of outdoor and adventure activities to turn to those for rock climbing, for example. Specifically, there are several types of this discipline that exist and among them the one known as the psychoblock stands out.
This modality is typical of the cliffs and consists in that the person in question, who must be very expert in the matter, performs the same without using either ropes or insurance. Of course, it takes place in places of this type where the climber, in the event of a fall, is not in danger of collapsing or hitting rock ledges, but will do so directly on the sea.
On the island of Tenerife there is a place where neighbors and visitors practice all kinds of sports activities. We are referring to the famous Los Gigantes Cliffs, which are located between the towns of Santiago del Teide and Buenavista del Norte.
The Guanches, former Berber inhabitants of that island, called those Walls of Hell and they are characterized by the fact that they are a volcanic type geological accident that has large vertical walls, specifically they are among the 300 and 600 meters above sea level.
Tourists who come to this natural corner not only enjoy observing these cliffs but practicing all kinds of activities in their surroundings such as scuba diving because the area has a spectacular seabed.
The largest cliff in the world is located in the Karakorum mountain range in Pakistan. It is the eastern wall of the Torres del Trango and has a height of 1,340 meters.
Furthermore, the largest coastal cliff is located in Kaulapapa, Hawaii. Its height is 1,010 meters.