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Alegranza, Canary Islands
 
Earth's Natural Wonders in Africa
   
Maximum elevation of Alegranza: 950 feet (289 m) Alegranza is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, located to the coast of Africa and is in the province of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Spain, and is the northernmost point in the Canary Islands (in the area near Jameo Mosegue). The island is part of Parque Natural de Archipiélago Chinijo (Lanzarote) or the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park, a reserve of Los Islotes.[2]
Maximum onshore depth: 3,300 feet
Age: 16 to 20 million years
 
 
 
The area is 10.2 km². There are no inhabitants on the island.

 

The lighthouse of Punta Delgada is located in the eastern part of Alegranza, it was first built in 1865. The island was part of the Bien de Interés Cultural on December 20, 2002. The island features a crater of about 1.1 km in diameter and an altitude of 289 m. The second highest is Montaña de Lobos at 256 m and following La Rapagura. The northern portion is mainly flat.[2]

The island is part of the municipality of Teguise on Lanzarote.

Teguise, Las Palmas

Teguise is a Canarian municipality in the north-central and the eastern portion of the island of Lanzarote in the Las Palmas province in the Canary Islands The population is 14,214 (ISTAC, 2003), its density is 53.84/km² and the area is 263.98 km². The town population is around 3,000. The population doubling time is about 20 years and the growth between 2001 and 2003 was at 10.14% It is located north of Arrecife on a main highway of LZ1 and south of Haría. The main industries are agriculture and tourism. The Atlantic Ocean is to the northwest and east and the mountains are around the municipality.

Farmlands dominate the rest of the municipality. César Manrique was born in the area. The insect of the island is the cochineal which carmine, a dye is extracted from.

The municipality also comprises a number of neighbouring islands including Graciosa, Alegranza, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Montaña Clara.[3]

 

La Graciosa-Graciosa Island or commonly La Graciosa (Spanish for graceful) is a volcanic island in the Canary Islands of Spain, located 2 km north of the island of Lanzarote with the strait named Río.
   
   
Graciosa Island
It was formed by the Canary hotspot. The island is part of Parque Natural del Archipiélago Chinijo, Reserve of the Biosphere, "Marine Reserve of La Graciosa and the islands to the North of Lanzarote" it is linked to the municipality of Teguise. The island forms a part of the Chinijo Archipelago. The village is in the southeastern part of the island with houses encircling the harbor which has two piers and a yacht area in the bay.
Graciosa Island
 
   
Other smaller islands include Montaña Clara (Spanish for clear mountain) which is an archipelago to the northwest, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Alegranza to the north. The only two settlements include Caleta del Sebo and summerresidence Casas de Pedro Barba. The island is entirely made up of volcanic rock and sands.[1]

 

 

 


Among its geological treasures exist an equally diverse company of living relics such as loggerhead sea turtles, exceedingly rare Eastern Canary geckos, which are found nowhere else in the world, and one of the world's only remaining swathes of thorny Argasn tree thickets. A long list of endangered birds, including petrel, shearwater, osprey, Egyptian vulture, and peregrine falcon, nest high up on the island's inaccessible outer ring of vertical coast cliffs. Despite the huge number of tourists who visit the area (more than 10 million every year), a comprehensive system of protected areas has effectively stabilized any disturbance to Alegranza and its companion islets. [4]

 

 

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References
 
1. Flickr-Alegranza Island--retrieved 6/27/2009
2. Wikipedia-Alegranza Island-retrieved 6/27/2009
3. Wikipedia-Teguise-retrieved 6/27/2009
4. 1,001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die 2005-p. 492- Michael Bright-retrieved 6/22/2009
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