Tenerife - Canary Islands.
June 3 – 9, 2013
Cost: £400 (shared room) £550 (single room)
Cut-off date for booking: 17 January, 2013
The Canarian Archipelago is a group of volcanic islands and islets on a slow moving plate, in close proximity to a passive continental margin. The island group evolved on Jurassic oceanic crust formed during the onset of the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. Several hypotheses have been posited for the genesis of the archipelago but it is now widely held that the islands originated from hot spot activity. The earliest magmatic signature of the Canarian hot spot is located on Fuerteventura and dates from the Upper Cretaceous (~ 70 Ma). It has been established that submarine volcanism started in the Eocene‐Oligocene (~ 39 Ma) and sub‐aerial volcanism in the Miocene (~ 20.6 Ma). The chain has been active along its entire length during the last million years.
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