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Pleistocene and Holocene cinder cones and lava flows cover large portions of elongated Fuerteventura Island at the SE end of the Canary Islands.
The youngest lavas are found at the northern and central portions of the arid, sparsely vegetated island. Malpais de la Arena, the Northern Malpais, and the Lobos Island areas at the northern tip of Fuerteventura are the sites of broad fields of youthful cinder cones and lava flows. The Malpais Chico, Malpais Grande, and Malpais de Jacomar areas on the south-central part of the island represent smaller zones of youthful volcanism, as do the volcanoes of Pajara, which were constructed on the older plutonic massif west of the axis of the island. No historical eruptions have occurred on Fuerteventura.
Cueva del Llano, Lava Tube Sightseeing, Fuerteventura, Canaries (Photo: WNomad)
Cueva del Llano, only place to find the endemic troglobiont, Spernophorides fuertecavensis Wunderlich, Fuerteventura Isl., Canary Islands (Photo: WNomad)
Forked lava tube, Cueva del Llano, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Photo: WNomad)