Parque Nacional del Teide (Teide National Park) — Tenerife, Spain
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N 28° 18.265 W 016° 33.995
28R E 346394 N 3131921
Quick Description: The Parque Nacional del Teide is a national park located in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The largest national park in Spain was declared a national park on January 22, 1954 and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 29, 2007
Location: Islas Canarias, Spain
Date Posted: 1/21/2014 2:43:12 AM
Waymark Code: WMJZ9A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
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Long Description:

Situated on the island of Tenerife, the Parque Nacional del Teide (Teide National Park) features the Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano that, at 3,718 m, is the highest peak on Spanish soil. Rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic structure and stands in a spectacular environment. The visual impact of the site is all the greater due to atmospheric conditions that create constantly changing textures and tones in the landscape and a 'sea of clouds' that forms a visually impressive backdrop to the mountain.
Teide is of global importance in providing evidence of the geological processes that underpin the evolution of oceanic islands and represents a rich and diverse assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes concentrated in a spectacular setting.

Teide National Park is an exceptional example of a relatively old, slow moving, geologically complex and mature volcanic system. It is of global importance in providing diverse evidence of the geological processes that underpin the evolution of oceanic islands, and these values complement those of existing volcanic properties on the World Heritage List, such as the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
It offers a diverse and accessible assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes in a relatively limited area. The area is a major centre for international research with a long history of influence on geology and geomorphology especially through the work of von Humboldt, von Buch and Lyell which has made Mount Teide a significant site in the history of volcanology.

The property is well managed and resourced, with a six-year management plan in place which is due for renewal in 2008. The property is afforded the same legal protection as other national parks in Spain and is surrounded by a buffer zone. Key management issues include the management of tourism, the potential impact of climate change, and effective coordination of management responsibility between national and regional levels of government.

sources: UNESCO World Heritage Centre, wikipedia

Type: Natural

Reference number: 1258

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