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Los Roques De Garcia
Volcano Teide (Tenerife)
Tenerife, Canary Islands
 
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Age of Los Roques De Garcia: 170,000 years
Circumference of Las Canadas caldera: 30 miles (48 km)
Established as a national park: 1954
 
 
 
Volcano Teide (Tenerife) [1]

 


Los Roques de Garcia, Tenerife, is probably the biggest attraction beside Teide in the Las Canadas national park. Pictured you see Teide to the right with Pico Viejo to the left and the formations of Los Roques de Garcia below them
Los Roques de Garcia, Tenerife[2]
The biggest attraction of Los Roques de Garcia is the unusual shaped red rock called Cinchado. One of the most popular postcards of Tenerife is Cinchado with Teide behind, as in the photo above. Cinchado doesn’t look very impressive when passing from the road, then it almost seems like just another rock. You have to see it from close up to see its special formation. It is constantly being eroded at its base and will eventually fall down. The surrounding area is highly restricted with ropes and rangers, even the slightest step outside the ropes will cause wild whistling from the guards.
They watch over the area like hawks, even on a day when it was rainy and stormy there were 5-6 guards there. The reason for this vigilance is that the authorities are trying to allow plants and flowers that are endemic to the area to establish themselves so that less active visitors may see the various species without having to hike for miles. Without this vigilance there is the danger of these fledgling plants being trampled upon by the thousands of tourists that visit here every single day. The area is after all a popular tourist attraction, it suits those who don’t enjoy walking in the mountains, and it’s close to the road and has a huge parking space. The Tenerife paradox hotel is on the opposite side of the road by the little church of Our Lady of the snows.[2]


Los Roques De Garcia are the spectacular eroded rocks of an ancient volcanic crater wall in Teide National park. Tenerife is a stratovolcano capped by Las Canadas, one of the most impressive calderas (craters) in the world. The strange landscape inside the Canadas caldera has been used in feature films such as Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, and Ten Commandments.
Geologists are still unsure how the caldera formed, with theories ranging from a volcanic explosion to collapse, landslips and erosion. Los Roques De Garcia are the remains of a rim that separates two segments of the caldera floor. The weird, twisted pinnacles of rock have names such as "Finger of God" and the "Cathedral." The area provides a good opportunity to compare two contrasting lava types, "aa" lava which has a jagged, blocky surface, and "pahoehoe" lava which has a rope-loke surface.
Los Roques De Garcia, Tenerife, Canary Islands[1]
The floor of the lower crater (Llano de Ucanca) is covered with volcanic sand, but in the spring this arid area becomes a lake when water from the melting snows above rushes down the crater's slopes. The whole area is a national park, including the crater, out of which rises Mount Teide

Teide National park

Mount Teide or, in Spanish, El Teide, is an active though dormant volcano which last erupted in 1909 from the El Chinyero vent on the Santiago (northwestern) rift and is located on Tenerife, Canary Islands. The volcano and its surroundings comprise the Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide in Spanish). The park has an area of 18900 ha and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 29, 2007.

At 3718 m above sea level, and approximately 7500 m above the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, Teide is the highest mountain in Spain, highest point in the Atlantic Ocean and the 13th highest mountain in European Union (highest mountain not in the Alps). (Note: The actual summit stands 3 metres (10 ft) higher than the triangulation station, and associated bench mark, which has an altitude of 3,715 m (12,188 ft)). The island of Tenerife itself is the third largest volcanic ocean island on Earth by volume. Teide is also the third highest volcano on a volcanic ocean island. It is also unstable and possibly in a more advanced stage of deformation and failure than the much publicised Cumbre Vieja. The United Nations Committee for Disaster Mitigation designated Teide as a Decade Volcano, because of its history of destructive eruptions and its proximity to several large towns, of which the closest are Garachico, Icod de los Vinos and Puerto de la Cruz.

Teide together with its neighbour Pico Viejo and Montaña Blanca form the Central Volcanic Complex.[4]

 

 

 

shinchanj
July 12, 2008

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References
 
1.Flickr-Los Roques De Garcia-Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 6/27/2009
2. mtteide.com-Los Roques De Garcia- retrieved 6/27/2009
3.1,001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die 2005-p. 489- Michael Bright-retrieved 6/22/2009
4. Wikipedia-Teide National Park--retrieved 6/27/2009
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