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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Roque de Garachico

Roque de Garachico

If you ever come on a tourist trip to Garachico, Tenerife and they tell you that this rock was formed during the 1706 volcanic eruption (it's been reported to me that this has been said), then don't believe a word of it! It's basaltic, not volcanic rock, is masses older and, was formed by the receding of the coast and erosion.

This natural monument gave the town its name: "According to popular tradition, its name derives from the Guanche word GARA which means island in reference to its rock, and of the Castilian (Spanish) word CHICO which means small islet."

Though the Roque de Garachico has no human inhabitants, it does serve as a refuge for several threatened species of birds, such as the Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis), Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii) and the Madeiran Storm-petrel, (Oceanodroma castro), as well as several migratory species.

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