Photographer's Note

During 2007-2008 we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the of the eruption of the Capelinhos Volcano, in Faial Island, Azores (Açores), Portugal.
This last post of the mini-series, also scanned from a paper print, was taken in 1988, thirty years after the eruption. It is to the left of my other photo of Capelinhos area. I wish to show here the several ground colors and forms created by the volcano. A good part of the land you see here it is the newest in Portugal, created by the eruption of 1957-58. If you see the satellite view you can notice that this area, after 50 years, is still dark brown, while the rest of the island is green.
See also the Capelinhos lighthouse that once stood at the edge of the western tip of Faial Island.
More text from my previous notes:
The Capelinhos Volcano is unique and very important to vulcanologists because it was very closely observed (namely from this lighthouse, a great vantage point). It began as an underwater volcano and ended up as a land volcano. Capelinhos is an example of how the whole volcanic archipelago of the Azores was born and developed.
The eruption of the Capelinhos Volcano and its outcome destroyed the houses and farms in the parishes of Capelo and Praia do Norte and crops all over the island. The event and its aftermath disrupted the island economy. In the USA the Azorean community used its influence to allow an extraordinary quota of emigrants (the volcano victims); this reduced the island's population by one half in little over a year.
See pictures and read more about the Capelinhos Volcano at; you can choose Portuguese or English language; click VOLCANO > HISTORY, for an interesting narrative of the 1957-58 events.
In the Rui Simas (ruisimas) photo Capelinhos... you get a good general modern view of the area.

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