Tenerife and Pico de Teide

Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer

Unless otherwise noted the following photos were taken by Jürg Alean as far back as 1975, but also in more recent years. These images center on Pico de Teide, highest peak in the Atlantic Ocean (3715m.a.s.l.) and the the dramatic 10 x 17 km Las Cañadas caldera from which it rises. Nothing changed since Pliny the Elder (AD 23-79) wrote about Tenerife: «Ninguaria, which has received that name from its perpetual snows wrapped in clouds».

Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
The Pico de Teide - Pico Viejo edifice seen from Cañadas bottom. Green bush of Teide broom (Spartocytisus supranubius) in the foreground.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Huge bomb on Montaña Blanca (2743m), the main satellite vent of the Pico de Teide - Pico Viejo complex. Montaña Blanca is a phonolite dome 300m high.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Teide violets (Viola cheiranthifolia), a rare endemic plant of Tenerife, at an altitude of more than 3000m.a.s.l.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Small snow penitentes below El Piton, Teide's youngest summit vent, 1370m above the caldera floor. Its lavas cover most of Teide's cone.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Pico Viejo seen from Teide's summit. Against the inner southern wall of the summit caldera rests a large, flat-topped, layered block. A pit, 65 m deep, lies in the SW part.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Wall of Teide's summit crater. Pico de Guajara (2717m) in the left background: it is the top of the caldera wall, visible for 27 km in the SW, S and E but absent at Nord.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
View from Teide summit towards NE. Two summit collapse phases truncated the summit and formed paired scarps.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
View from Teide towards Parador and Pico de Guajara: Ucanca caldera (1.02 Ma, on the left) and Guajara caldera (0.57 Ma, on the right).
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Teide at sunset seen from Montaña la Negrita.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Seen from the summit crater: Teide's shadow at sunset and the "Venus belt" (the pinkish coloured band above the horizon).
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Teide from Pico de Guajara. Note the V-shaped gulleys on the S flank and hydrothermal alteration (white) of the top.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
"La Tarta" pyroclastic deposits. Basaltic and phonolitic magmas were erupted in sequence (photo Marco Fulle).
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
The Cinchado rock of Los Roques de García range. Teide with summit cloud in the background.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Los Roques de García and Teide late in the evening.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Teide from Gran Canaria.
Pico de Teide and the Cañadas in spring and summer
Teide from Gomera rises above stratocumuli.
Copyright Jürg Alean and Marco Fulle.