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Ponta do Pico is the highest mountain in Portugal
and in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is a stratovolcano, located on Pico
Island in the Azores
Ponta do Pico reaches an altitude of 2,351 m above sea level and it is approximately 230,000 years old. Ponta do Pico is created of basalt. The upper part is formed of a crater of diameter aproximately 500 m. It is 30 m deep. At the edge, there is a small volcanic cone rising 70 m - it is the true summit of Ponta do Pico. At present, it is a sleeping volcano.
Eruptions in the past
The best-known eruption occurred in 1562–64, when the volcano produced lava flows in the the south-eastern direction -and the flows reached the sea. Exactly the same situation happened in 1718. The most recent eruption occurred in December 1720.
You can climb the summit relatively easily, on marked trails. Experienced tourists wearing solid sports shoes need approximately 3 hours. Anyway, you should keep in mind that local weather is unpredictable, especially during winter months.
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Last update: Nov 10, 2012 7:01:06 PM