Gran Canaria
Basked in hazy back light the Grand Canyon de Gran Canaria reminds of its huge archetype in Arizona. However, the geological differences between both cannot be larger. Due to the adjacency of the African continental plate the seafloor drift rate and hence the drift rate of the volcanic Canary islands is as low as two centimeters per year. Some Canary volcanoes are still active today and only teeter on the brink of disaster. Short-living mankind calls this a quiet phase. Indeed, the last volcanic eruption on La Palma took place in 1971.
November 2003
Pentax K2, Pentax 50mm, f/8, 1/8sec, Kodak Ektachrome E6, ISO 100, tripod