I love things that differ from my own personal everyday existence. Be it the interior of some dizzyingly vast abandoned steel plant or a subterranean Victorian era brick tunnel network under London. If it places me into a new world then I feel inspired and alive. Something that has fascinated me for a long time is the geomorphology of our planet, the way the seemingly inert and static rocks that litter the surface have evolved and moved over huge stretches of time. One of my favourite places for photographing this amazing field of geology is the desolate lava fields of southern Lanzarote, arriving there makes you feel like you have just landed on Mars. The island emerged from the Atlantic Ocean around 15 million years ago as a result of undersea eruptions along a tectonic fault line between the African and American plates. In the aeons since the first new land formed above sea level the eruptions have continued to grow the size of the island to it's current landmass of 326 square miles. Although there no longer any current eruptions taking place, it still holds plenty of potential with at least one large and active magma chamber situated at a shallow depth below the craters that dot the south west of the island. The last eruptions that occurred here were back in 1824 but just a century earlier in 1730, the entire southern part of Lanzarote was engulfed in a fiery inferno of lava jets and glowing lakes of molten rock, these were the islands largest eruptions in recorded history. Today the landscape here is like a 'snapshot' frozen in time of what it was like during those eruptions. The flows of lava are still there but they have long since cooled and petrified back into various forms of igneous rock, the horizon is a hilly vista of low cinder cones and bizarre rock formations. It's not hard to imagine it all glowing red and molten with vast clouds of steam rising into the air.
This set of images show some of the islands amazing geology and also some general views of the island and how the locals have put the petrified lava to use.
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