Volcan del medio canarias

Volcan del medio canarias

Volcan del medio canarias 2022

In the classical world, the Teide aroused great fascination. Thus, the Greek historian Herodatus mentions Teide on two occasions: “(…) The Atlantean is uncolored and like a cylindrical figure. It is said to be so high that its summit cannot be seen because it is always covered with clouds in winter and summer, and its inhabitants call it the Pillar of Heaven (…)”. The other account by Herodotus reads as follows: “(…) There is in those seas a mountain called Atlantis, which is high, round and so eminent that its summit cannot be seen (…)”.
Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer (24-79 A.D.), in his work called “Natural History”, mentions the snow seen by the envoys of King Juba II to the islands: “(…) Ninguaria covered with clouds that received this name because of its perpetual snow (…)”.
During the Renaissance, many historians and adventurers began to identify and relate the Atlantic islands with the remains of Atlantis and Mount Teide with Mount Atlas, the Canary Islands representing the highest parts of the sunken continent.

Underwater volcanoes

The Enmedio Volcano, feared on the island of Tenerife due to the tremor felt especially in Candelaria and the metropolitan area in May 1989, is a colossus with a base of almost three kilometers in diameter that currently does not present any eruptive activity.
Fraile explains that this Volcán de Enmedio is a volcanic edifice that presents a depth range of 1,630 meters at its summit and 2,100 meters at its base, with a maximum height of 470 meters, so it would be impossible that, in case of eruption, it would be noticed on the surface.
As for the absence of activity, in a way it has been a surprise because it was expected an activity similar to that of El Hierro, with heat emissions of gases that, however, did not appear in the sweeps made by the volcanic edifice. It retains the conical shape more typical of active systems, and shows landslides to the south and north.
Among the data now discovered (and which are reflected in a data sheet already published by Vulcana 2015), the steep slopes of this volcano stand out, which only recede in the vicinity of the base. It should also be noted that only one of the two cones of about 100 meters high found next to the Enmedio Volcano, from which they are separated by a depression, was known.


There are several hypotheses on this subject, but the most accepted by most researchers are: the hot spot in the mantle on which the lithospheric plates slide, the compression and distension of the island blocks and the propagating fracture as a result of the formation of the Atlas Mountains. A series of slides on the geological reality of each island of the Canary Archipelago completes the area.
You will be able to experience first-hand the sensation of being in the middle of a volcanic eruption, thanks to a series of audiovisual stimuli. The sound, perhaps the most impressive, and the succession of images introduce us to the phenomenon of volcanism, as well as samples of volcanic products such as lava, ash, bombs, lapilli, etc., complete this area.
Since the islands emerged they have been colonized by plants and animals coming from the nearest continents, which have crossed the ocean by different means. Many of the species that manage to survive and adapt to the new situation evolve, originating new ones, all of them endemic, that is to say, exclusive of our islands.

Volcano in the sea

The Aemet is coordinated with the VAAC of Toulouse and, in this sense, the responsibility of the organism is focused on determining the effects of this phenomenon on aeronautical traffic. In this case, the Canary Islands would be responsible for issuing warnings about the presence of ashes as they may influence the normal development of air navigation.
The monitoring of the evolution of volcanic ash clouds at international level corresponds to the centers called VAAC, which are strategically distributed all over the planet. The Atlantic zone, which includes the Canary Islands, is under the responsibility of Toulouse (France).
This Institute explains that “the volcanic plume generated by this explosive eruption contributes to the dispersion of ashes and gases over great distances from the eruptive focus, at a height similar to that reached by the eruptive column”. Involcan concludes by clarifying that the air quality at the summit and high areas of the islands “will not be affected” by this process.

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