Photo: The golden mountain in the core of Parque Nacional de Timanfaya in Lanzarote. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura belong to the same volcanic complex and are the eldest islands of the Canary Archipelago, dating back to between 15 and 20 million years ago. The Canary Islands are shaped by a hot spot in the mantle of the Earth.
Left Photo: An eroded volcano at the border of the Montañas de Fuego.
Right Photo: Lava flows dating back to Lanzarote's youngest eruptions that took place in the 18th and 19th century. Active volcanoes in the western part of the island covered a big part of the island with lava and enlarged the island. The subsoil in this area is still hot.
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New on this site: Geo-artist César Manrique. Manrique: "Are you aware, Lanzarote, of what your death might mean? If you die, it will be for good. Never will you be able to recover life".