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Tajogaite 2021 eruption (La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain): an exceptional volcanic heritage to develop geotourism
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1  Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (INVOLCAN), 38320 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
2  Grupo de Geopatrimonio y Geoturismo en Espacios Volcánicos, GeoTurVol-Departamento de Geografía e Historia. Universidad de La Laguna, C/ Prof. José Luis Moreno Becerra, s/n. Facultad de Humanidades, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, 38200, Spain
3  School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand.
4  Lithosphere Physics Research Group, Institute of Earth Physics and Space Science, 9400 Sopron, Hungary
5  The Geoconservation Trust Aotearoa Pacific, Op¯ otiki 3122, New Zealand
6  GEOVOL, Dpt. Geography and Land Planning, Facultad de Letras, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Academic Editor: Karoly Nemeth

Published: 30 November 2022 by MDPI in The 4th International Electronic Conference on Geosciences session Geoheritage

In the Canary Islands, sixteen historical eruptions have been documented in Lanzarote, Tenerife, El Hierro, and La Palma. The latest eruption, the Tajogaite eruption, occurred in 2021 in La Palma and the richness and diversity of natural and cultural heritage associated with this eruption can be a valuable resource for attracting visitors and tourists. The main aim of this work is to select Sites of Geo-Tourist Interest (SGIs) in order to create geo-itineraries. The methodology used is based on fieldworks and drone flight videos and photos taken during and after the eruption. Sixteen SGIs have been selected and studied. Eleven sites represent geoheritage of the Tajogaite eruption and seven sites are related to the surrounding natural and rural landscapes. In the near future, geo-itineraries (for in-person and virtual visits) will be created for visitors to La Palma and for the interested online audience.

Keywords: volcanic heritage; geotourism; sites of geoturistic interest; geo-itineraries; Tajogaite; La Palma; Spain