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Los Organos
La Gomera Rock Formation
La Gomera, Canary Islands
 
Earth's Natural Wonders in Africa
 
Height of Los Organos basalt columns; up to 260 ft. 980) m.
Area of Garajonay National park-9,844 acres.
 
The beautifully formed rock formations Los Organos, on the northern coast of La Gomera, are considered to be one of the most beautiful basalt formations on the Canary Islands. The slender cliffs rise up out of the sea to a height of 800 metres and a width of 200m[2]
 
La Gomera Rock Formation[1]

 

 

The most important rock formation on the Island, Los Órganos Natural Monument, is in the borough of Vallehermoso in the north. This is an impressive cliff that rises up out of the sea, and has been eroded into the form of towering parallel tubes looking like a classical church organ, thus giving the monument its name. El Cedro National Park deserves special mention as a magnificent example of a cool shaded laurel forest, criss-crossed by cold clear streams, that allows you to forget the sun shining outside

Los Organos is a steep cliff formation that rises out of the sea on the north coast of La Gomera. Viewed from the sea, the thousands of tall, vertical basalt towers represent the pipes of a gigantic church organ. (hence the name Los Organos, "The Organs").

The unusual rock formation forms part of the circular volcanic island of la Gomera, which is the second smallest of the Canary islands (after El Hierro). The Organos national Monument is located in the borough of Vallehermoso on the northwest coast of the island, but it is not visible from the land. However boat trips regularly take visitors around the island affording good views of the cliffs, especially when the waters are calm. Dolphins and whales are often seen in the waters around the island.

La Gomera has not undergone any recent volcanic activity, but water has eroded a radial network of deep ravines. Garajonay National Park occupies approximately 10 percent of the total area of the island. The national park was created in 1981 to protect the island's precious laurel forests and its large number of native species. In 1986 it was designated a World Heritage Site

Garajonay National Park

Garajonay National Park (Spanish: Parque nacional de Garajonay) is located in the center and north of the island of La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands (Spain). It was declared a national park in 1981 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. It occupies 40 km2 (15 sq mi) and it extends into each of the municipalities on the island.

The park is named after the rock formation of Garajonay, the highest point on the island at 1,484 m (4,869 feet). It also includes a small plateau whose altitude is 790-1,400 m (2,600-4,600 feet) above sea level.

The park provides the best example of laurisilva, a humid subtropical forest that in the Tertiary covered almost all of Europe. It is also found on the Azores and the Madeira Islands. Laurus azorica, known as Azores Laurel, or by the Portuguese names Louro, Loureiro, Louro-da-terra, and Louro-de-cheiro, can be found in the park, as well as Laurus canariensis, known as Canary Laurel.

The forests are made up of laurel-leaved evergreen hardwood trees, reaching up to 40 meters in height. Many of the species are endemic to the islands, and harbor a rich biota of understory plants, invertebrates, and birds and bats, including a number of endemic species.

Two species of reptile, Gallotia gomerana (Gomeran lizard) and Chalcides viridanus (Gomeran skink), can be found. Amphibians include the stripeless tree frog, Hyla meridionalis.

The park is renowned as one of the best places to observe the two Canarian endemic pigeons, Laurel Pigeon (Columba junoniae) and Bolle's Pigeon (Columba bollii).[3]

 

 

 

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References
 
1. Wikimedia Commons-Los Organos-Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License-retrieved 6/27/2009
2. 1,001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die 2005-p. 490- Michael Bright-retrieved 6/22/2009
3. Wikipedia- Garajonay National Park-retrieved 6/22/2009
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