The Duratón River snakes its way back and forth through this countryside cutting a deeper and deeper gorge. From time to time, two loops of the (any) river become joined making a circle. At this time, the river no longer has to go all the way around; thus, as the river cuts a deeper gorge, the unneeded portion (shaped like a sickle) then dries up. Sickle in Spanish is hoz, plural hoces); thus, this area takes its name from this phenomenon: Las Hoces del Río Duratón.
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