Geology and Environmental Science students visit Tenerife

Twenty-three Geology and Environmental Science students recently returned from the Canary island of Tenerife after studying its two-thousand-year-old volcano and the diverse environmental landscape.

During the trip students witnessed evidence of the 20 metre high lava flow tubes, and learnt how ancient water is extracted from buried lava. They were also given the opportunity to experience Tenerife’s diverse botanical landscape, visiting the island’s arid badlands and laurel cloud forest.

Extreme plant life that has developed to survive in the island’s mix of barren, dry low-lands, while in other parts of the island life flourishes creating a rain-forest like environment. Here evergreen conifers are able to withstand temperatures of -10 degrees.

Students also learned about the human impact on Tenerife’s environment, with consideration given to the island’s banana plantations that consume large amounts of water. This gave students like Chloe Smith an amazing opportunity to apply knowledge outside the classroom: “The Tenerife trip was brilliant as I got the chance to see geological structures I had learnt about in lectures. We also saw many different attractions of the island including Mount Teide, rainforests, banana plantations, and lava fields – and we even had time to relax at the end of the day.”

Team Leader Gareth James added that students represented themselves to a high level: “They asked some very insightful questions and used their time to improve their subject knowledge. Thank you to all who were involved in making Tenerife 2019 a success.”

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