Crater at Teide on Tenerife


Tenerife is a rugged and volcanic island sculpted by successive eruptions throughout its history. There are four historically recorded volcanic eruptions, none of which has led to casualties. The first occurred in 1704, when the Arafo, Fasnia and Siete Fuentes volcanoes erupted simultaneously. Two years later, in 1706, the greatest eruption occurred at Trevejo. This volcano produced great quantities of lava which buried the city and port of Garachico. The last eruption of the 18th century happened in 1798 at Cañadas de Teide, in Chahorra. Finally, and most recently, in 1909 the Chinyero volcano, in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, erupted.

The island is located between 28º and 29º N and the 16º and 17º meridian. It is situated north of the Tropic of Cancer, occupying a central position between the other Canary Islands of Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma. The island is about 300 km from the African coast, and approximately 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula. Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands archipelago, with a surface area of 2,034.38 km2 and the longest coastline amounting to 342 km.

In addition, the highest point, Mount Teide, with an elevation of 3,718 m above sea level is the highest point in all of Spain. It comprises about 200 small barren islets or large rocks including Roques de Anaga, Roque de Garachico, and Fasnia adding a further 213,835 m2 to the total area.

Source: - 27.06.2011

What Do We See?

If it is necessary for us to form an opinion on our own, nature can be of great assistance. Looking on a work I can always draw conclusions about its creator, especially when it is complex and of a high creative level, what unquestionably applies to nature.

One fact I have to think about additionally: Do I see the work exactly like the artist had created it? For example, I would draw an absolutely absurd conclusion, when I would think about the intention of the ancient sculptor or his character, thinking he formed his otherwise perfect statue with incomplete arms. In reality he formed it with beautiful arms, but the statue was damaged at a later time.

In the same way I have to try to differentiate when observing nature: what was an original part and what is a subsequent alteration. Just like the incomplete arms do not point to a perverse sculptor, so suffering and death as well as a crater landscape in the otherwise so wonderful nature do not point to a cruel or unloving creator.

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