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Volcanic Peaks of the Azores Islands – August 25th, 2009

38.4N 28.3W

August 25th, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Azores Islands - August 18th, 2009

Azores Islands - August 18th, 2009

The Azores (Açores) is a Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,500 km (930 mi) from Lisbon and about 3,900 km (2,400 mi) from the east coast of North America.

The nine major Azorean islands and the eight small Formigas extend for more than 600 km (373 mi) and lie in a northwest-southeast direction. Four of the islands can be seen in this orthorectified image (clockwise from the top right):  Graciosa Island, São Jorge, Pico Island and Faial Island.

All of the islands have volcanic origins.  The Azores are actually the tops of some of the tallest mountains on the planet, as measured from their base at the bottom of the ocean.

The Ponta do Pico Volcano on Pico Island, at 2,351 m (7,713 ft) in altitude, is the highest in all of Portugal. Here, the Capelinhos Volcano on Faial Island can also be seen clearly.

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