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Fuerteventura, one of the 150 geological places of world interest.

Meeting of the Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology Commission of the Geological Society of Spain in Fuerteventura 2023


The Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology Commission of the Geological Society of Spain visited these days the island of Fuerteventura, one of the few places on the planet where you can see rocks that were on the seabed about 180 million years ago.



The Geological Society of Spain (SGE) is a non-profit scientific association that aims to promote, encourage and disseminate knowledge, progress and applications of Geology. At present, the SGE has about 1,000 members, mainly from universities, public research centers, secondary schools and private companies, both from our country and from other countries in Europe, America and Africa.



In this sense, the visit of this commission to Fuerteventura, the oldest island of the Canary Archipelago, lies in the fact that you can find the oldest rocks that are the cushioned lavas of the oceanic crust that have an age of about 180 million years and the oceanic sediments, "which are also part of the oceanic crust, located on the western coast of the island, they are between 174 and 84 million years old and were formed shortly after the separation of Africa and America.

 

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The work of the dissemination commission of the SGE is to bring society closer to the complexity of the processes and terms related to Geology and Earth Sciences using a simple and close language that may be interesting for all kinds of audiences.



It is about sharing a new way of transmitting with the world our way of understanding and reading what the rocks tell us.



"Geologists appreciate life in millions of years, we have been waiting some time to consolidate, precipitate, sediment, extrude, solidify, erode... but here we are: the time has come for Geology and Earth Sciences to become protagonists," they say on the SGE website.



In this sense Fuerteventura is a great reference, since this island is one of the 150 places of world geological interest defined by the International Geological Union. It is the oldest island of the Canary Archipelago. In this sense it is not common to find volcanic islands so old worldwide.
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