KIPUKA ISLOTES LAVA

The lava flows that are changing the terrain on the island of La Palma after the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano are also leaving small areas intact that appear to be floating on the trail of the lava.

As explained by the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan) Through their official Twitter account, these isolated land spaces are known as ‘kipuka’, Hawaiian term for “shape change” and are of great interest to biology as they are small islands for biodiversity.

The volcanic eruption that began on September 19 has been active this Sunday for three weeks, leaving almost 6,000 residents evacuated and some 1,186 buildings and infrastructure damaged or lost.

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