Volcanic Fumes, El Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Photograph by Dorian Tsai

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The volcanic fumes from El Teide burn orange in the rising sun, as Najmus scrambles over the rocks to the top of Spain, at 3718 m (12,198 ft). At this altitude, it is -10° C, and the moisture from the fumeroles quickly freezes into ice, making the terrain very slippery. The climb was exhausting, but the sunrise was well worth it. El Teide is not only the highest point in Spain, but also the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic Ocean. At 7500 m (24,600 ft) from the volcanos base on the sea floor to its summit, it has the distinction of being the third highest volcano on Earth, following Hawaii’s Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanos. El Teide is still active, with the most recent eruption occurring in 1909.

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