Subbaetic System

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Subbaetic System
Sistema Subbético
Peña Cruz.jpg
Peña de la Cruz, the highest peak in the Sierra Arana
Highest point
Peak Peña de la Cruz
Elevation 2,027 m (6,650 ft)
Length 510 km (320 mi) ENE/WSW
Width 60 km (37 mi) NNW/SSE
Subbaetic System is located in Spain
Subbaetic System
Location in Spain
Location Andalusia / Murcia
Country Spain
Range coordinates 37°33′0″N 3°22′0″W / 37.55000°N 3.36667°W / 37.55000; -3.36667Coordinates: 37°33′0″N 3°22′0″W / 37.55000°N 3.36667°W / 37.55000; -3.36667
Parent range Baetic System
Orogeny Alpine orogeny
Age of rock Cenozoic
Type of rock Limestone
Schematic representation of the Baetic System of mountain ranges

The Subbaetic or Sub-Baetic System (Spanish: Sistema Subbético or Cordillera Subbética[1]) is one of the three systems of mountain ranges of the Baetic System in the southern Iberian Peninsula. Highest point 2,027 m (6,650 ft) high Peña de la Cruz in Sierra Arana. Its northern limit includes the valley of the Guadalquivir in its western part.


The Subbaetic System runs to the north of the Cordillera Penibética from Cape Trafalgar in Cádiz Province across Andalusia reaching into the Region of Murcia.[2] The highest peaks reach heights between 1,500m and well over 2,000 m.

Towards the east of the Sierra Sur de Jaén, east of Martos, another subsystem begins, the Prebaetic System, an offshoot of the Subbaetic System stretching further northeastwards.[3] The materials that compose this eastern sector were formed in a relatively shallow sea.[4]

Main mountain ranges[edit]

Some of the mountain ranges that make up the Subbaetic System are, from west to east:

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