Volcanic landscape of Lanzarote

Today [we] learnt about volcanoes and the devastating impact of their eruptions during a tour of Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote.

Did you know an eruption is not necessarily a sudden event and can take days, months and even years to finish?

This is the landscape 300 years after this eruption… that took years to complete.

No wildlife can live there. Only recently have fungus and plants begun to grow at this site on the island of Lanzarote… not even a fig tree can survive in this terrain.

Fascinating!

Here’s a brief overview of Lanzarote from Wikipedia:

Lanzarote, one of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa administered by Spain, is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape.

Timanfaya National Park’s rocky landscape was created by volcanic eruptions in the 1730s. Cueva de los Verdes has caverns formed by an underground river of lava. East-coast resort Puerto del Carmen is home to whitewashed villas, beaches and dive centres.

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