The Canary Islands display all the features of oceanic island
volcanoes, linked to a volcanic mantle hotspot away from plate
boundaries. The features include submarine volcanic sequences
uplifted to form the islands, sub-aerial shield volcanoes that are
currently active and post-erosional volcanic rocks. As such the
islands are a popular destination for field trips and geological
excursions. There has been considerable research into the geology
of the Canary Islands. Knowledge of Tenerife's geology has
developed considerably in the last 10 years, particularly of the
Teide volcanic complex, now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage
Natural Sites. There has also been much activity associated with
the El Hierro submarine eruption which began in 2011. This clearly
written and colour illustrated guide provides carefully planned
excursions and includes GPS locations. It is essential reading for
the many geologists who visit these fascinating islands with the
largest volcanoes in Europe.
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