Teide Volcano has many different meanings: For the Guanche aborigines, who endured several of its eruptions, it was Echeide (Hell). Early navigators had in Teide, a lifesaving widely visible landmark that was towering over the clouds. For the first explorers, Teide was a challenging and dangerous climb, since it was thought that Teide's peak was so high that from its summit the sun was too close and far too hot to survive. Teide was considered the highest mountain in the world at that time and measuring its height precisely was a great undertaking and at the time of global scientific significance. For von Buch, von Humboldt, Lyell and other great 18th and19th century naturalists, Teide helped to shape a new and now increasingly 'volcanic' picture, where the origin of volcanic rocks (from solidified magma) slowly casted aside Neptunism and removed some of the last barriers for the development of modern Geology and Volcanology as the sciences we know today. For the present day population of Tenerife, living on top of the world's third tallest volcanic structure on the planet, Teide has actually become "Padre Teide", a fatherly protector and an emblematic icon of Tenerife, not to say of the Canaries as a whole. The UNESCO acknowledged this iconic and complex volcano, as "of global importance in providing evidence of the geological processes that underpin the evolution of oceanic islands". Today, 'Teide National Park' boasts 4 Million annual visitors including many 'volcano spotters' and is a spectacular natural environment which most keep as an impression to treasure and to never forget. For us, the editors of this book, Teide is all of the above; a 'hell of a job', a navigation point on cloudy days, a challenge beyond imagination, a breakthrough in our understanding of oceanic volcanism that has shaped our way of thinking about volcanoes, and lastly, Teide provides us with a reference point from where to start exploring other oceanic volcanoes in the Canaries and beyond. Here we have compiled the different aspects and the current understanding of this natural wonder.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 279
Weight: 770 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 16 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201
From the reviews:
"This book - the first in English summarising Teide's geology and associated hazards - is particularly welcome for me. I'm sure it will be equally welcome to other geologists, amateur and professional, who visit Tenerife. The book is well illustrated with numerous colour images and is comprehensive in nature ... . There is a full reference list for each chapter, a comprehensive index and biographies of the chapter authors." (Linda Fowler, Open University Geological Society Journal, Vol. 34 (2), 2014)"Teide Volcano, is an excellent work that is detailed enough to be a reference book on the shelf of any volcanologist. The easy to understand style of the book means that it could equally be a general guidebook for a geotourist wishing to plan a trip to Teide. I can recommend this book to anyone with a reasonably good earth science background and a general interest in volcanic geology." (Karoly Nemeth, Bulletin of Volcanology, Vol. 75, 2013)
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