Over February half-term Upper Sixth Geography students travelled to the Portuguese islands of the Azores. Located in the middle of the Atlantic and a tectonic triple junction, the islands are one of the last few truly unspoilt parts of Europe. Students were able to explore the major volcanic craters of the islands, descend into lava tunnels created by eruptions and discover how the natural environment is harnessed to create sustainable energy.
As well as the chance to observe a large intact caldera at Sete Cidades, the trip included excursions to hydroelectric and geothermal energy plants, lava tubes, tea and pineapple plantations, and the hot springs – all helping to give students a first-hand understanding of how the islands’ geography has influenced the way people live and work.
Rebecca King who went on the trip said, “The highlights for me were going into the lava tubes and to the various viewpoints, such as to the top of a volcano. We were able to see for ourselves the different processes that had occurred which really helped consolidate the information we’d learnt in class. We also had lots of fun as a group and I got to make new friends in a stunning and unique environment.”
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