Canary Island

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Recently, more than 30 migrants are feared dead after a small boat headed for Spain's Canary Islands sank.

About Canary Island:

  • It is an archipelago located  in the Atlantic Ocean
  • It is about 1300 km South of mainland Spain and 115 km West of the African coast (Morocco).
  • The Canaries comprise the Spanish provincias (provinces) of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 
  • These Islands were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. 
  • Climatic condition: They have a subtropical climate. Temperatures are warm and show little seasonal variation.
  • It has rich volcanic soils and mild temperatures that support a wide variety of vegetation that generally follows a zonal arrangement based on elevation.

What is an archipelago?

  • An archipelago is a term used to describe a group or chain of islands that are closely scattered in a body of water, such as a sea, ocean, lake, or river.
  • These islands are typically formed through geological processes such as volcanic activity, tectonic movements, or the accumulation of sediment


Q1) What are Ocean currents?

Ocean currents are continuous, directed movements of ocean water. They play a crucial role in redistributing heat, nutrients, and dissolved gases around the globe, influencing climate patterns and affecting marine ecosystems. Ocean currents are primarily driven by a combination of factors, including wind, temperature differences, density variations, and Earth's rotation.

Source: More than 30 migrants were feared dead after a small boat headed for Spain's Canary Islands sank