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Roque Nublo eruptive center, Cuevas del Rey, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.

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Photo ID: 787
Gallery ID: 62
Photo Title: Roque Nublo eruptive center, Cuevas del Rey, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.
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roque nublo eruptive center, cuevas del rey, gran canaria, canary islands, macaronesia, atlantic islands, oceanic islands, volcanic islands, roque nublo volcano, strombolian cone, roque bentaiga, three kings, intra crater lapilli, breccias, debris, scoria, bombs, basaltic dike, phonolitic dike, stratovolcano,
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During the Roque Nublo volcanic cycle and sometime between 3.9 and 3 million years ago, a number of small strombolian eruptive centres had formed on the flanks of the central stratovolcano. One of these, the most important one and which forms part of an alignment of three eruptive cones along a fissure on the south-western flanks, is the Cuevas del Rey eruptive center, located just below where the Roque Bentaiga stands today, forming part of the Three Kings. This image is a close up of one of two rocky outcrops which are the highly eroded remains of the inside of the crater belonging to this strombolian cone, which is believed to have measured 1 km in diameter. The red rock is composed of a mixture of intra crater lapilli, breccias, debris, scoria and bombs, these vivid red tones created by the oxidisation of iron within the rocks by the residual hot, water vapour rich gases escaping from the crater after the eruptions had ceased. The two monoliths forming these remains are also cut by basaltic and phonolitic dikes of Roque Nublo age, one of these dikes being clearly seen in this image is of mafic composition.
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