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'Montefuego Media Services Lanzarote' has been accredited by the 'European Space Agency (ESA)' for several years and receives exceptional image material and background information. Especially the impressive photographs of the Canary Islands in general and Lanzarote in particular are an incredible enrichment of our reporting.
The Canary Islands are a group of ocean island volcanoes that were formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. The Spanish region and archipelago is located around 100 kilometers off the north coast of Africa and 1000 Kilometers from the Iberian Peninsula. The eight main islands are (in order of largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa. The archipelago also includes many smaller islands and islets (Islotes).
Lanzarote, the easternmost of the Canary Islands.
With over 150 000 inhabitants, it is the third most populous Canary Island, after Tenerife and Gran Canaria. It covers an area of 845 square kilometers, making it the fourth-largest of the islands in the archipelago.
Lanzarote has a long history of eruptions. The highest mountain is the volcano Peñas del Chache near Haría in the northern part of the island, which is 672 m above sea level. The Timanfaya National Park can be seen in the southwest part of the island and is entirely made up of volcanic soil.
This image, also featured on the Earth from Space video program, was captured on 24 September 2021 by Copernicus Sentinel-2 – a two-satellite mission to supply the coverage and data delivery needed for Europe’s Copernicus program. The image was processed by selecting spectral bands that can be used for classifying geological features.
Text: Chris Ernst | Photo: Editorial NetworkMontefuego Media Services | European Space Agency (ESA)