Caldera Encantada, Fuerteventura

Caldera Encantada

Caldera Encantada

Date

26 March 2013
Location

Fuerteventura

28.705418°N, 13.901358°W

Information

Caldera Encantada is one of the seven volcanoes in the 135,000-year-old Morros de Bayuyo chain lying between Lajares and Corralejo in the north of Fuerteventura.

The quarry — la cantera de picón “La Capellanía” — is owned by Infrarenta S.A. and extracts lapilli, which is a relatively fine tephra, or fragmented rock that fell from the air in a volcanic eruption. Known locally as picón, this material is used in agriculture and also as an aggregate in construction. This light volcanic gravel has traditionally been used in the arid Canary Islands as a stone mulch due to its ability to suppress evaporation from the soil. It is also said to absorb and retain moisture from the air during the night.

Infrarenta was fined €120,000 in 2005 for working 27 hectares outside of its authorised extractive area. Plans to officially expand the area of its operation and also to restore disused areas of the quarry were submitted to the Canarian authorities in 2009. These were approved in 2011.

Quarry, Caldera Encantada

La Capellanía ‘picón’ quarry, Caldera Encantada

Quarry, Caldera Encantada

La Capellanía Quarry

Quarry, Caldera Encantada

La Capellanía Quarry

Looking across Vallichuelo Alto towards Bayuyo

Looking across Vallichuelo Alto towards Bayuyo

Caldera Encanta

Caldera Encantada

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6 thoughts on “Caldera Encantada, Fuerteventura

  1. Very interesting set, Graham. I was looking at #5 and thinking that it looked a little like Manod Mawr from Drum when I realised that geologically they are very similar and that this is just a much younger landscape. Manod has horizons of tuff overlaid with microgranites and rhyolites, not to mention the pillow lavas and gigantic tuff/breccia boulders lying on the eastern flanks. So if you miss Fuerteventura and want a much colder and wetter reminder, come to sunny Cwm Teigl!

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