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Reprinted from Marine Geophysical Researches, Vol. 24, Nos 1-2, 2005.
This book contains the results of a 9 year (1995-2004) investigation of the Canary Islands Exclusive Economic Zone, using state of the art technology. The main result areas are:
A multibeam survey demonstrating the magnitude of catastrophic failures of the Canary Islands
A comparison of the morphology of the Canary Islands with Hawaii
The significance of hydrothermal activity in the Canary Channel associated with Mesozoic salt diapirs
An analysis of the morphology and structure of the offshore extension of the Anaga massif in Tenerife island
A detailed description of the archipelago gravity field and magnetic field of the Canary Islands
All in all the wealth of new data and ideas presented in this collection of papers has rarely been equaled in an investigation of an oceanic island group.
From the contents:Geologic evolution of the Older Canary Islands: Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Grand Canaria and La Gomera with a Brief Description of the Avalanches on the Younger Islands: Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro.- Salt Diapirs, Salt Brine Seeps, Pockmarks and Surficial Sediment Creep and Slides in the Canary Channel off NW Africa.- Comparison of Volcanic Rifts on La Palma and El Hierro, Canary Islands and the Island of Hawaii.- Morphological and structural analysis in the Anaga offshore massif, Canary Islands: fractures and debris avalanches relationships.- Gravity analysis offshore the Canary Islands from a systematic survey.- A magnetic anomaly picture offshore Canary archipelago.- Paleoseismicity inTenerife and related seismotectonic features.- Age and composition of the Amanay seamount (Canary Islands).
Juan Acosta is the main researcher for the project of which the results are presented in this book. Peter Clift has done his research and teaching at MIT, WHOI, and is currently affiliated with the University of Aberdeen. He has served and is currently Editor for several journals, amongst others Marine Geophysical Researches.