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For a long time there has been talk about what has been the origin of the Canary Islands and it seems that it is possible to be closer to knowing the origin of this archipelago. An international team made up of different researchers from various fields, led by Uppsala University, have discovered different microscopic fossils found in what were known as floating rocks. These small fossils could bring with them an infinity of information and possibly solve that enigma about the origin of the Canaries.
The study was published in Scientific Reports, by researchers from different universities such as Uppsala, Lisbon and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, together with the Research Council of Spain. In it it is revealed that nanofossils, the name by which these microscopic fossils are known, confirm that the Canaries were formed from East to West, which sheds a lot of light on the life cycle of oceanic islands.
Vicente Soler, one of the researchers attached to the Canary Islands Volcanological Station, declared that, “This study confirms for the first time that the great underwater activity with which island constructions usually begin, follows a certain pattern that can be framed within what is known as the age progression of subaerial volcanism, where the oldest ages They are found to the east of the archipelago, on the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, and younger in the west such as La Palma and Hierro”.
It is estimated that islands were formed in the Canary archipelago because an oceanic plate was moving over a fixed magmatic focusQuite the opposite of the theory that existed previously, where it was stated that the origin of the Canary Islands was regional tectonics, also responsible for the formation of the Atlas Mountains in northern Morocco.
Soler also explained that floating materials of volcanic origin are not at all mysterious and they are commonly known as restingolites, which causes a great scientific controversy about what they are and their origin. Some of the researchers participating in the project have stated that These fragments could surely be pieces of sediment preisla and that it could be a rhyolite, a rock that is closely linked with a certain class of very dangerous volcanic activity, but now, with the existence of nanofossils inside the restingolites, there is a powerful argument for the new hypothesis on the formation of the Canary Islands.
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