Sunday, 24 February 2013

Teide – A World Heritage Site

Card no 406 – Anna
Teide, Tenerife
Country Card Sent From: Spain
Place Card Sender Lives: Malaga
Date Received: 18th February 2013
Distance Travelled:  1,147 miles
Time Taken:  7 days

The volcano in this picture is Tiede on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. 

Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at 3,718 m, is the highest peak on Spanish soil. Rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic structure and stands in a spectacular environment. The visual impact of the site is all the greater due to atmospheric conditions that create constantly changing textures and tones in the landscape and a ‘sea of clouds’ that forms a visually impressive backdrop to the mountain. Teide is of global importance in providing evidence of the geological processes that underpin the evolution of oceanic islands.

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