Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-06154
The largely Miocene and Pliocene island of Gran Canaria in the middle of the Canary archipelago has been strongly eroded into steep-walled radial gorges called barrancos. Three major volcanic structures form the circular, arid island. Very young basaltic cones and lava flows of Holocene age are situated within a NW-trending zone cutting across the island; the youngest of these may be less than 1000 years old.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1977.
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