A lot was said about the volcanic eruption in El Hierro in late 2011. Alerts, evacuations, headlines in all media, criticism of the authorities, and so on. The eruption ended already entered 2012 and, except for the inhabitants of the island, affected businesses and the scientific community, there ended all. However, occasionally, some people coming to my geoGata geology tours in Cabo de Gata, speaking of that event during our talks on the volcanoes of Cabo de Gata, ask me about those floating rocks that were collected during the first days of the main eruption in El Hierro. Those bicolor smoky fragments, with its whitish interior and dark crust, which were baptized as restingolites (in reference to the town of La Restinga, the nearest to the undersea volcano), had hidden a surprise that, at least from a scientific and informative point of view, certainly exceed the interest of an eruption that, beyond the media attention, was not even the strongest, nor the most damaging, or longer than that 2011.
In November 1963 a remarkable event set the scientific community a buzz: a new island rising out of the Atlantic a few miles south of Iceland. At that time, geologists John Tuzo Wilson and William Jason Morgan were working on intraplate volcanism, namely hot spots. Plate tectonics was just a fascinating novelty in the panorama of earth Sciences. Wilson is credited with explaining the processes which create oceans, the formation of ridges and subduction zones (Wilson Cycle). Years after the birth of Surtsey, Morgan developed his theories on banding and magnetic reversals of the oceanic lithosphere.
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