AZORES ARCHIPELAGO:
FAYAL, PICO, AND SAO MIGUEL ISLANDS

Photos and captions courtesy of A. L. W. van Roekel


FAYAL AND PICO ISLANDS


Left Photo: The young volcanic cone of Vulcao dos Capenlinhos, on the outer west point of Fayal, suffers enormously from erosion caused by the Atlantic Ocean and the powerful winds. The coastline is strengthened by basalt blocks.
Right Photo: A sign commemorating the burnt lighthouse at Vulcao dos Capelinhos that survived the eruption in 1957-1958. The first floor is buried in volcanic ash. The volcano enlarged the Island of Fayal westwards.


Left Photo: A small volcanic cone on Fayal from the airplane.
Right Photo: The big caldera of Fayal, 1.8 km in diameter, with a younger volcanic cone at the bottom (330 meters lower in the crater). Click here to view the caldera of Fayal on a Space Shuttle image.
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