Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Canary Islands, Spain

I got this card for the June Jubilee round robin last year. The Canary Islands are a part of Spain, but are located off the African coast, about 100km west of Morocco. The name Islas Canarias came from Latin for "Island of the Dogs." The Romans may have been referring to monk seals (now extinct from the islands), which are called "sea dogs" in Latin. The islands are volcanic, and the only volcanic eruptions in Spain during the modern era occurred here.

A February 2007 stamp, one in a set of two on the theme Sciences of the Earth and the Universe.

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