IntroductionThe massive El Hierro shield volcano is truncated by a large NW-facing escarpment formed as a result of gravitational collapse of El Golfo volcano about 130,000 years ago. The steep-sided 1500-m-high scarp towers above a low lava platform bordering 12-km-wide El Golfo Bay, and three other large submarine landslide deposits occur to the SW and SE. Three prominent rifts oriented NW, NE, and south at 120 degree angles form prominent topographic ridges. The subaerial portion of the volcano consists of flat-lying Quaternary basaltic and trachybasaltic lava flows and tuffs capped by numerous young cinder cones and lava flows. Holocene cones and flows are found both on the outer flanks and in the El Golfo depression. El Hierro contains the greatest concentration of young vents in the Canary Islands. Uncertainty surrounds the report of an historical eruption in 1793 at Volcano of Lomo Negro. Source: Smithsonian GVP
El Hierro Photos
A storm arises on El Hierro, Canary islands. (Photo: Janka)
Harsh volcanic landscape near La Restinga on El Hierro, Canary islands (Photo: Janka)
La Frontera town, El Hierro Island (Canaries), in the evening in early November. The Bay is almost cut off from the rest of the island, since the tunnel connecting it wit...
Rainbow after a shower near the community of El Pinar on El Hierro, Canary islands (Photo: Janka)
Voyages au volcan El Hierro :Avant-poste volcanique de l'Europe (Visite à pied et d'étude aux îles Canaries: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro et Tenerife)
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