Written by two leading scientists with special expertise on the Canary Islands, this clearly written and fully illustrated introductory guide to the largest volcanoes in Europe will be essential reading for the many geologist who visit this fascinating region.
Rising from the floor of the Atlantic the seven Canary Islands are related to a mantle plume or hotspot. The islands' geology is characterized by a wide range of volcanic and intrusive rocks, exposed in spectacular scenery and easily reached by road and on foot. These rocks include all the stage characteristics of oceanic island volcanoes. This clearly written and fully illustrated introductory guide is an essential accompaniment for earth scientists visiting the islands.
Juan Carlos Carracedo is Director of the Estacion Volcanologica de Canarias of the Spanish National Research Council. Simon Day works at the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre, Univesity College London.
Preface. Acknowledgements. Heological background. Environment and logistics. Fuerteventura. Lanzarote. Gran Canaria. Tenerife. La Gomera. La Palma. El Hierro. Glossary. Further reading. Index.