Galapagos Volcano Eruption

The Galapagos volcano eruption is a unique experience worth to be photographed and truly admired.


Galapagos Eruption

galapagos volcano eruption

When we think of volcano activity, we generally associate it only with catastrophic and destructive events.

However, it is that same volcanic force the only one which can create new land.

The Galapagos belong to the category of Island oceanic volcanism, which differs

from continental volcanism in many ways.

Thus, Island volcanoes have a different morphology, and at the moment of an eruption, they differentiate even more. The chemical composition of each type of volcano makes them different too.

Island volcanism is that of oceanic volcanic islands, just like Iceland, Hawaii, Azores, Canary and of course, Galapagos.

They launch their volcanic platform at bone-crushing depths, and the summit of this giant submarine mountain is what comes out of the water. That summit is what we call an Island.

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Galapagos volcano eruption frequency, although hard to predict with accuracy, has been calculated in periods of every six years. The western Islands are the ones likely to erupt with such frequency.

The Islands' last eruption was in October 2007, and it happened on Isabela Island (the biggest Island in Galapagos).

This Galapagos volcano eruption had a fissure that generated flows, and they headed straight down after few hours of the activity.

These flows, undoubtedly lethal because of their temperature, seemed like hot fudge running down a cold scoop of ice cream.

This analogy, although strange by concept, is very close to what happens in reality: a hot semi liquid material running over a cold surface.

Continental volcanoes like Cotopaxi in Ecuador, Galeras in Colombia, Popocaeptl in Mexico, Fujiyama in Japan, etc, have more explosive eruptions, which make the volcano grow differently.

The classical conic shapes of volcanoes are found more over the continental platform, and those of dome shape to Island platforms.

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The Galapagos Islands allow you to discover Galapagos Sites that are geologically quite diverse, and very different in age. For example, the western Islands are the youngest ones, they are remarkably different from their eastern counterparts, and are higher more massive structures.

The central Islands have intermediate ages. This diverse world cannot be appreciated, nor witnessed in a short-day visit.

Therefore, this is another great reason for recommending the 8D/7N week expedition, which does arrive to the more remote locations.

Although Galapagos volcano eruption and geology is not an attraction like that of Galapagos Flora the unique Galapagos Landscapes are rewarding reasons to be photographed and admired.

Next time you look at the Galapagos volcanoes, pay closer attention to their overall role in the Theory of Natural Selection.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!

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