Geography Tour of Lanzarote

14th - 17th February 2016

YJB Geography Tour of Lanzarote - 14th to 17th February 2016“Mars on Earth!” This is how a student described the tour of Lanzarote and it definitely was an out-of-this-world experience. Lava bombs, lava fields, volcanoes, calderas, emerald green lagoons and lava tubes are just a few examples. To add to this other worldly experience the wind was always howling and constantly raging. It governed life on the island by deciding the location of the sparse vegetation, aloe plants and vines. People had to adapt to the environment here, not the other way around. Nature was boss. The most recent major eruption occurred between 1730 and 1736 and this could clearly be seen. Trees and birds were noticeably absent as lichens were the only vegetation on the lava fields. Valleys filled with lava and numerous volcanoes was a highlight for many which was seen in the Timanfaya National Park.
A memorable walk was taken through a massive lava tube in the ground where sulphur and iron made weird shapes and colours in the rock. What made this island even more spectacular was that tourism was not only possible but was thriving and managed sustainably. The methods of sustainable tourism and water use was studied through visits to an aloe plantation, a vineyard and a desalination plant.
The students were excellent ambassadors for Ysgol John Bright and it was a pleasure to take them on this amazing experience of the power of the natural world. Come and see the spectacular photos of the tour in the Geography corridor!
Mr Salisbury (Teacher of Geography)

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