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Exclusive Species More Prevalent On Higher Altitude Islands
2012-04-11 03:47:30

In the ecosystems of islands with high mountains, endemic animal and vegetation species are twice as isolated, making them even more exclusive. A European study with Spanish involvement confirms this, which adds the factor of altitude to wider biodiversity. Oceanic islands are born, they grow, they are eroded and they disappear beneath the sea. Throughout this process, which takes millions of years, the islands change form and therefore change their 'tenants'. The species adapt to the new...

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2011-12-05 09:41:15

An undersea volcanic eruption that has been ongoing in the Atlantic Ocean south of the Canaries for more than a month now could be creating either a new island or an additional territory to the southern coast of El Hierro, said scientists studying the eruptions. For more than a month, burning lava and gases have been spewing up from the sea floor three miles south of El Hierro, the smallest of the seven Canary Islands. And on Tenerife, the most populous of the group of islands, 60 miles...

Undersea Volcano Forming New Canary Island
2011-11-12 06:25:39

A new Canary Island is rising to the surface before our very eyes, and the first images of the infant volcano that is slowly coming up to the surface in the Spanish archipelago emerged on Friday. According to the Daily Mail, "Magma off the Canary Island of El Hierro has been spewing 20 meters high as the sea boils with a smell of sulfur“¦ As it grows and gets closer to the surface, more and more debris such as stones start to shoot out of the volcano which, until now, has only...

2011-10-28 14:37:31

On Oct. 9 an underwater volcano started to emerge in waters off El Hierro Island in the Canaries, Spain. Researchers of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO, Ministry of Science and Innovation) only needed 15 days to map its formation in high resolution. The volcanic cone has reached a height of 100 m and the lava tongue flows down its side, even though its activity has slowed down in the past few days. "This is probably the first time that such a young underwater volcano has been...

Image 1 - Undersea Volcanic Eruptions Continue Near Canary Islands
2011-10-14 08:46:24

Two volcanic eruptions were confirmed on Wednesday near the Canary Islands, forcing at least 500 people to spend the night outside of their homes after precautionary evacuations were ordered by local authorities. These eruptions follow similar earth movement on Monday of the same week. “I confirm the existence of two points of volcanic eruption at El Hierro,” Laura Otero, a spokeswoman for the local authorities, told AFP. The first eruption occurred at a depth of 2,300...

Tenerife Landscape Reveals Explosive Past
2011-10-03 04:51:52

Volcanologists from the University of Leicester have uncovered one of the world's best-preserved accessible examples of a monstrous landslide that followed a huge volcanic eruption on the Canarian island of Tenerife. Seven hundred and thirty-three thousand years ago, the southeast slopes of Tenerife collapsed into the sea, during the volcanic eruption. The onshore remains of this landslide have just been discovered amid the canyons and ravines of Tenerife's desert landscape by...

2011-08-08 02:00:00

LONDON, August 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - Recent data shows that Tenerife holidays have been particularly popular in 2011; Travelmatch.co.uk says this owes to the island's great weather and lovely hotels - According to Travelmatch [http://www.travelmatch.co.uk ], a new travel discovery engine, holidays to Tenerife have been very popular in 2011. Many of the company's customers have booked all inclusive packages to the island to get some time in the sun. Data from...

2011-07-18 03:00:00

LONDON, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - A New Terminal has Opened at La Palma Airport, dealchecker.co.uk Says This Shows the Canary Islands' Dedication to Providing the Best for its Tourists - July saw the opening of the new terminal at La Palma Airport in the Canary Islands which is to double the capacity of passengers the airport is able to receive and offers the potential to open up more international routes to and from the island. dealchecker.co.uk...


Latest Canary Islands Reference Libraries

Laurel, Laurus novocanariensis
2014-02-14 14:59:58

Laurus novocanariensis is a large shrub or tree that belongs to the Lauraceae family. The genus includes 3 species each containing several overlapping characteristics. L. novocanariensis can grow up to 66 feet high. It has aromatic, dark green glossy and leathery leaves, which have small glands in the armpit of the spine. The shrub or tree has lateral veins. It bears small white flowers that are about .4 inches in diameter.  The flowers are born in pairs beside a leaf. The fruit it...

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2007-10-26 12:43:27

The Blue Chaffinch (Fringilla teydea), is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. This bird lives mainly in mountain Canary Island Pine (Pinus canariensis) forests on Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. However it can also be found in bushy areas. Its preference is for habitat at around 3600-6600 feet, but it will descend lower in bad weather. The Blue Chaffinch structurally resembles a large Chaffinch with a thicker bill, but the breeding male is...

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2007-10-24 15:48:09

The Wild Canary (Serinus canaria), sometimes called the Island Canary, Atlantic Canary, or just Canary, is a small bird in the finch family. It is native to the Azores, the Canary Islands, and Madeira. This bird was named after the Canary Islands, not vice-versa. Its habitat is semi-open areas such as orchards and copses. This is not the same bird as the domesticated pet canary. The Wild Canary is 4.9-5.3 inches long with a wingspan of 7.9-9.0 inches. It weighs between 0.5 and 0.7 ounces....

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Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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