Lanzarote and the ‘Archipielago Chinijo’, new members of the UNESCO Network of Geoparks
The island of Lanzarote and the ‘Archipielago Chinijo’ have entered the Global Geoparks Network of UNESCO.
This distinction covers the entire island of Lanzarote and the islands of La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and Alegranza, which make up the Archipiélago Chinijo and the abrasion platform that surrounds them, and which is due to its volcanic nature.
A total of 2,500 square kilometres, of which 866 square kilometres are over the sea level. Unesco noted that Lanzarote and Chinijo consist almost entirely of basaltic materials. With the eruption of Timanfaya between 1730 and 1736, the grouping of numerous volcanic structures along a long crack led to the creation of the largest lava fields in the world.
This is the second Geopark of the global network in the Canaries, after El Hierro.
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