Meet (and enjoy) the Verdeaurora mountains
Meet (and enjoy) the Verdeaurora mountains

Meet (and enjoy) the Verdeaurora mountains

Verdeaurora is in an exceptional place, doubly protected by two natural spaces and surrounded by mountains. Mountains in Fuerteventura? Maybe you imagined a flat island, but soon you discover that it is precisely the mountains that give identity to the Majorero landscape. And those here are especially surprising. Because they are the final remains of an immense volcano that emerged from the Atlantic 20 million years ago. Actually there were three volcanoes, of a height higher than 2,000 meters; one in the south, one in the center and one in the north. Together the three formed the new island space at a time when the other islands of the Canary Islands did not yet exist. But the erosion and different tectonic convulsions along almost ten million years were dismantling them.

Imagine a squeezer of oranges. Imagine that Fuerteventura is a mountainous island similar to La Palma, opened by dozens of long ravines that descend swiftly from the highest central peak to the sea. Little by little, with the force of water, wind, earthquakes and the occasional cataclysm, these valleys become deeper, dismantling their high walls until barely the foundations of some of them. They end up converted into elongated and narrow hills with wide bases and sharp profiles like knives, like knives, which is precisely what is known in Fuerteventura at these characteristic elevations. Like the knives of Vigán, de los Olivos or Juanicón that surround the Verdeaurora farm. Where you see them, so stark, are some of the oldest mountains in the Canary Islands. And the most beautiful.

But the history of the Earth is not a still picture. After long geological calms came new convulsions and other volcanoes appeared, more modest but, because they are younger, they have maintained the characteristic volcano shape that we all have in our heads. Although the youth, in geological terms, is a saying. The volcano of Jacomar arose more than 100,000 years ago and had the strange occurrence of coming out on top of the knife of the Olives, from where it scattered its lava looking for the sea. Also by those dates would arise the volcanoes of La Laguna and Liria, whose lavas now make up the protected landscape of Malpaís Grande, the closest thing to landing on the Moon.

The caldera of Los Arrabales is one of the most recent volcanic eruptions on the island, but recently it means between 10,000 and 26,000 years ago, when no human being had yet trod these territories. Their lavas covered other older ones, in such a way that they rejuvenated the plain relief and put an end to a very long period of geological tranquility. From Los Arrabales to the peninsula of Jandía 12 million years ago there was no volcanic eruption.

 


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