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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.

Canyon and Caldera on La Palma, Canary Islands

28.7N 17.9W

December 25th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Canary Islands (Spain) - November 30th, 2009

Canary Islands (Spain) - November 30th, 2009

Located in the center of La Palma, one of the volcanic islands belonging to the Canary Islands, is the Caldera de Taburiente. This orthorectified image gives a fine view of this  large caldera, which has a width of 9 kilometers and a depth of 1500 meters.

The caldera is surrounded by mountain peaks reaching elevations of between 1600 and 2400 meters. In contrast to these mountains is the deep canyon known as Barranco de las Angustias (Valley of Fear), which stretches between the caldera itself and the shoreline.

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.

Caldera de Taburiente, Canary Islands

28.7N 17.9W

August 29th, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Canary Islands - July 13th, 2009

Canary Islands - July 13th, 2009

This orthorectified image offers an excellent view of the Caldera de Taburiente on the volcanic island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands. (Click here to compare with a previous, uncorrected image).

The caldera is 9 kilometers wide and 1500 meters deep, surrounded by mountains that vary in height from 1600 to 2400 meters. The deep canyon leading to the inner area of the caldera is the deep Barranco de las Angustias, meaning Valley of Fear.

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.