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El Hierro Global Geopark(Canary Islands Autonomous Region)

The Geopark covers the entire island of El Hierro, the smallest, westernmost and youngest of the Canary Islands archipelago, formed less than 1.12 million years. It is among the best representations of a single volcanic island and includes three authentic landscapes of major geological significance. Many volcanic features of scientific, scenic and educational interest, are distributed across the island including fault systems, tuff rings and maars, lava tubes, dykes, tree moulds, mineral water springs, fresh volcanic craters and associated recent lava flows, as well as landslide features, some in the form of arch-shaped mega-structures. The volcanic geology is clearly visible and facilitates study and tourism.