Scenes Of Malta

18 November 2014
nature Views

This series of images is complementary to the feature on “Malta: Confronting Water Challenges” that appeared in Revolve’s Spring 2013 issue on pages 68-74..

Peter Easton is a British, but Brussels-based, hydrogeologist and water resources consultant of 25 years experience. Work has taken him to many countries to study water issues in a wide range of geographies and climates, including the Middle East, much of Europe and Malta. He is also a keen photographer. Peter has strong family connections to Malta through his wife, with the common Maltese family name of Portelli and three Malta-born grandparents.

To learn more about Peter Easton, please visit: www.photoeaston.com  | www.watersustain.com

  • Part of the oldest building structure in the world which dates from ca. 5800 years ago. Found at the Ġgantija megalithic site in Xaghra, Gozo, these megalithic temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Malta has a number of historical aqueducts, the first built in the early 1600s to supply the capital city of Valetta. Several were built in the 1800s under British rule. This one is near Mellieha in northern Malta.

  • A number of traditional dam structures, now renovated under government support. They are designed to capture surface water that would otherwise flow out to sea, especially after heavy rain. Water can be drawn off directly, but it also seeps into the ground to recharge the underlying aquifers.

  • View across the Grand Habour from the south: scene of the old city of Valetta showing the ubiquitous use of golden limestone for buildings and the Knights of St John fortifications.

  • As a strongly Catholic country, a church dome is visible on most horizons. The view is the southeast, from the village of Xaghra towards looking at the church of Nadur across the countryside showing small-scale farming in Gozo.

  • A wheat field on the west coast of Gozo. Far in the horizon is the church and village of St Lawrenz.

  • In the spring, green is the dominant colour of the Gozo landscape, contrasting with the rocky west coast.

  • The thriving wild flowers of spring, looking out to Gozo’s west coast.

  • These cliffs show where the layered limestone rock meets the sea. The rock forms the foundations of all Malta. Further inland, these same rocks store vital freshwater supplies in millions of cracks and voids.

  • A modern working limestone quarry producing the standard rectangular blocks used in most buildings, old and new. This is the same rock as on the cliff face, but in fresh golden yellow. It has been suggested that unused quarries could be used for capturing flood waters and recharging the underling aquifers.