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Tenerife island

Tenerife is a rugged and volcanic island sculpted by successive eruptions throughout its history. There are four historically recorded volcanic eruptions, none of which has led to casualties. The first occurred in 1704, when the Arafo, Fasnia and Siete Fuentes volcanoes erupted simultaneously. Two years later, in 1706, the greatest eruption occurred at Trevejo. This volcano produced great quantities of lava which buried the city and port of Garachico. The last eruption of the 18th century happened in 1798 at CaŮadas de Teide, in Chahorra. Finally, and most recently, in 1909 that formed the Chinyero cinder cone, in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, erupted.

The island is situated north of the Tropic of Cancer, occupying a central position between the other Canary Islands of Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma. The island is about 300 km (186 mi) from the African coast, and approximately 1,000 km (621 mi) from the Iberian Peninsula. Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands archipelago.

In addition, the highest point, Mount Teide, with an elevation of 3,718 m (12,198 ft) above sea level is the highest point in all of Spain, is also the third largest volcano in the world from its base in the bottom of the sea. For this reason, Tenerife is the 10th-highest island worldwide.


Volcano Teide
Volcano Teide
Volcano Teide
Volcano Teide
 pine trees growing on volcanic rock
pine trees growing on volcanic rock
Volcano Teide -3
Volcano Teide -3
the flanks of the volcano
the flanks of the volcano
Parc National de Teide
Parc National de Teide
un tapis de nuages ŗ droite
un tapis de nuages ŗ droite
giant lizard
giant lizard
around the volcano Teide
around the volcano Teide
Viperine rouge - Red bugloss
Viperine rouge - Red bugloss
viperine et genÍt
viperine et genÍt
vegetation at the foot of the volcano
vegetation at the foot of the volcano
genÍt blanc
genÍt blanc
Los Realejos volcano Teide
Los Realejos volcano Teide
Teide rocks
Teide rocks
Los Roques de Garcia
Los Roques de Garcia
Roques de GarcŪa
Roques de GarcŪa
volcano Teide-4
volcano Teide-4
volcanic rock formation
volcanic rock formation
Pico viejo
Pico viejo
Teide - vegetation
Teide - vegetation