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Mount Pico in Azores Archipelago

38.4N 28.3W

August 9th, 2011 Category: Volcanoes

Azores - July 25th, 2011

This orthorectified wide-swath ASAR image shows several of the nine volcanic islands that make up the Azores archipelago, an autonomous region of Portugal, located in the middle of the northern hemisphere of the Atlantic Ocean.

The thumbnail image shows São Jorge, the long, thin island in the center, surrounded by Graciosa, Terceira, Pico and Faial (clockwise from top). Upon opening the full image, the island of São Miguel can be observed near the right edge.

Of particular interest is Mount Pico, a stratovolcano and the highest point on Pico Island in the Azores. It reaches an altitude of 2,351 meters (7,713 ft) above sea level, which makes it the highest point in Portugal and also in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Pico is more than twice the elevation of any other peak in the Azores.

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.