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National Geographic podcast - we're on our way out!

A National Geographic podcast gives Fuerteventura "only" 100,000 more years of life.

The 20-million-year-old Maxorata would be living its "swan song"


100,000 years ago the Nearthentals still populated part of Eurasia and Homo sapiens were arriving in China, and in the next 100,000 years the human species will have taken several evolutionary steps as important or more than those, if it still exists.

By human standards, 100,000 years is almost an eternity, but for an island it is a sigh, and even more so for Fuerteventura, which began to emerge 20 million years ago.

But Fuerteventura could disappear in about 100,000 years and Lanzarote in about 200,000, according to the calculations of some geologists.

It's not alarming, but time is ticking like nature itself, and there are a number of experts who have spoken on the National Geographic podcast 'Arouse Your Curiosity' about the Canary Islands and the secrets that this volcanic terrain holds.

The episode "The volcano of La Palma: hot spot", which is available on the Spotify platform, takes advantage of the anniversary of the eruption on the Isla Bonita to remember the origin of the Archipelago, with the help of volcanologists and researchers.

One of the most striking reflections has been the one that alludes to what will happen later. Eventually, the islands will inexorably disappear.

Underneath these islands, located in the African tectonic plate, there could be one of these hot spots: About 1,500 kilometers away there is magma rich in gases and heavy metals. It manages to rise to the surface in the form of a feather and gives rise to the birth of volcanoes in an explosive way. As happened in La Palma.

In addition to this theory, the podcast notes that the two islands that will disappear first will be the oldest. That is, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, which emerged 16-22 million years ago and have been suffering for a longer time from the consequences of erosion caused by waves and strong winds.

Thus, experts estimate that Fuerteventura could cease to exist in approximately 100,000 years, and Lanzarote in 200,000. However, climate change could accelerate everything.

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