Over the first week of the Easter holiday, the Sixth Form Geology pupils travelled to Tenerife to complete the fieldwork element of their course.  Pupils spent one week traveling around the island, understanding volcanos and the geological evolution of the Canary Island chain.  The island of Tenerife began approximately 11 million years ago, with the last volcanic eruption occurring over a 10-day period starting in November 1909. 

Pupils analysed the eruptive units with the aim of understanding the various styles of eruption such as Strombolian, Plinian and lava flow emplacement. The group also ascended to the top of the 3718m peak of Mt. Teide, which is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level of any Atlantic Island.

Later in the week, analysis of pyroclastic density currents and ash fall deposits from the Cañadas stratovolcano enabled an overview of the complex history of the elements of volcanic eruptions and the fluid mechanic analysis of such devastating events.  Although there were many geological highlights of the trip including a walk through the extensive lava tunnels, a view of a volcano cascade and a walk around the ancient plumbing structures (La Catedral) of a stratovolcano, the pupils also thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the 46-acre Siam City water park.