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Barranco de Agaete, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.

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Photo Title: Barranco de Agaete, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.
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Genera view of the Barranco de Agaete, located in the north west of Gran Canaria, seen from Fagaesto, a small village located on the western rim of the island’s western highlands. The innermost parts of this incredibly deep canyon are very rugged and inaccessible and are form part of some of the most spectacular scenery of the island. The rock formations are also of great interest in that they range from the very oldest to the very youngest formations to be found on Gran Canaria. The lower horizontally layered rock formations to the left are Miocene basalts, which formed the original shield volcano which formed Gran Canaria 14.5 – 14.1 million years ago. Following this episode a cataclysmic volcanic explosion resulted in the formation of an elliptical caldera estimated to have been 17 x 20 kilometres in size and 1000 metres deep, a caldera whose north western limit was located at this point. The basalts to the left are overlain by layers of trachytic and rhyolitic ignimbrites which later refilled and overflowed this caldera, these being the steeply inclined reddish coloured rocks to the left of image. The rock formations to the right of the canyon are largely composed of more recent lava flows having been emitted within the last 3 million years and which have buried the older formations. There is a lava flow at the bottom of the valley which is believed to be less than 1000 years old. The valley is a prime agricultural area.
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