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Canary Islands Off Coast of Western Sahara

28.2N 16.6W

December 27th, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Canary Islands and Western Sahara - December 24th, 2011

The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the border between Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canaries are a Spanish autonomous community and an outermost region of the European Union.

The archipelago consists of seven large and several smaller islands, all of which are volcanic in origin. Visible here from left to right are La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. The Teide volcano on Tenerife is the highest mountain in Spain, and the third tallest volcano on Earth on a volcanic ocean island. The islands have a subtropical climate, with long warm summers and moderately warm winters.

The Seven Largest Canary Islands – January 25th, 2011

28.3N 16.5W

January 25th, 2011 Category: Image of the day

Canary Islands - January 16th, 2011

The Canary Islands, belonging to Spain, are situated off the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara. The archipelago consists of seven large and several smaller islands, all of which are volcanic in origin.

The seven principal islands are all visible here, from left to right: El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Several of their high volcanic peaks can be observed in the full image.

Dust Sweeping Over Canary Islands

28.2N 16.6W

October 1st, 2009 Category: Dust Storms, Volcanoes

Canary Islands - September 24th, 2009

Canary Islands - September 24th, 2009

Close-up

Close-up

Dust sweeps southwestward, blowing off the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara (right) and over the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The archipelago is located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, 100 km west of the disputed border between Morocco and the Western Sahara.

All of the Canary Islands are visible in the main image: (from highest to lowest) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, Alegranza, La Graciosa and Montaña Clara.

The close-up focuses on, from left to right, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Clouds flank the northern sides of their respective volcanic peaks.

Large Forest Fire on La Palma, Canary Islands

28.7N 17.9W

August 3rd, 2009 Category: Fires

Canary Islands Fire - August 1st, 2009

Canary Islands Fire - August 1st, 2009

La Palma, Canary Islands - August 1st, 2009

La Palma, Canary Islands - August 1st, 2009

A forest fire fanned by high winds has forced the evacuation of about 4,000 residents on the Canary Island of La Palma, off the West African coast, the Spanish government said Saturday.

Flames raging on steep hillsides southeast of the island’s dormant San Antonio volcano have engulfed several houses and could damage wildlife habitats reported an environmental worker.

A plume of smoke rose from the island to an estimated height of more than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). Here, the plume can be seen blowing to the southeast off the southern tip of La Palma. A smaller fire has been controlled on La Gomera, 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of La Palma, visible in the center of the image.

The islands of Tenerife (right) and El Hierro (bottom left) are also visible. Some smoke hangs in the air north of El Hierro, while the northern side of La Gomera is flanked by rippled wave-clouds.

The cause of the fire on La Palma is unknown. Several days of high temperatures have contributed to dry conditions on the normally verdant La Palma – one of the least developed and greenest of Spain’s Canary Islands.

Virtually all the island’s firefighting forces, including several aircraft, have been deployed to combat the blaze at three points around the town of Fuencaliente.

Tenerife and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

28.2N 16.6W

June 10th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Canary Islands - June 2nd, 2009

Canary Islands - June 2nd, 2009

La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria

La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

The seven Canary Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, although they are part of Spain. Below them, several cloud vortices are visible.

The largest two islands are Tenerife and Fuerteventura (see close-ups).

Tenerife, the largest island, has an area of 2034.38 km². With 886,033 inhabitants, it is also the most populated island of the Canary Islands and Spain.

At 1,660 km², Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands. The elongated island is 100 km long and 31 km wide, and has the longest beaches in the archipelago. There are no fewer than 152 beaches along its coastline – 50 kilometres of fine, white sand and 25 kilometres of black volcanic shingle.