Author Topic: Terra rossa - the red soil of Malta, the Mediterranean and Australia  (Read 10205 times)


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Terra rossa is the bright red soil that can be found around the Mediterranean but especially on the island of Malta. It is also found in the area of Coonawarra in Australia.

Terra rossa is associated with limestone weathering and oxidising. The problem with Malta's terra rossa is where did it all come from? It is found very deep in certain areas. I read that one explanation for it was it being shipped over from other parts of the Mediterranean back in the day! Although no evidence has been found for this, or any logical explanation as to why they would go to that much trouble, this appears to be a good enough explanation.

Does the Terra rossa of Malta, the Mediterranean and Australia regenerate itself or keep producing itself? Some of it may be weathering but is a lot of it produced or a byproduct of the EU, an exchange or interaction of the EU and the Earth, to produce red earth?

Red is a very active colour in the EU, from Jupiters Great Red Spot, to the red soil found in the areas of Malta where gEUlogy has happened (red bays etc), to the active part of plants and flowers being red.

EU Theory and red - Malta's red soil/rock showing where gEUlogy has happened (Pembroke, Malta)

Terra preta - Amazonian Dark Earth - regenerates itself, so why not Terra rossa?

I have spoken to a few farmers and those who own a gardens worth of the Maltese terra rossa and they have all said they do not need to replenish the soil, that it does not get any less. When you look at the little farm gardens stuck amongst the houses around them you will notice how much higher they are than the level of the land around them.


Coonawarra's terra rossa soil is one of the most famous terroirs in the New World, covering an area of just 15 km x 2 km north of Penola. It lies on a shallow limestone ridge, raising it above the swampy land either side - it is no coincidence that the Riddoch Highway follows this ridge as carters sought the firmest ground in times past. This special bright red soil is clearly visible on an aerial photo.

To the west of the ridge lies black rendzina soil which is poorly drained, and so is much less favourable for vines. There is also a 'transitional', or brown rendzina, soil which grows vines quite successfully

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