The largest of the islands extends 3,500 meters from the seabed, this corresponds to the height of the Teide in Tenerife, Spain's highest mountain, Canaria Journal reports.
The researchers believe the land masses are volcanic and originally islands, which since dropped over 300 meters below sea level due to the cooling of the crust. Previously five such underwater islands at the Canaries have been proven.
- The sunken islands are almost like Atlantis, says Luis Somoza, marine geologist at the mining and geology institute in Spain, IGME, in an interview with the news agency Efe.
- The sunken islands are almost like Atlantis, says Luis Somoza, marine geologist at mining and geology institute in Spain, IGME, in an interview with news agency Efe, according Canaria Journal.
Todays Canary Islands will also in the future sink into the sea, said Somoza, but it's millions of years into the future. The underwater Islands were discovered in connection with studies prior to a planned expansion of Spain's offshore territorial.
It is a natural extension of today's canary islands, shaped similarly by magma pushed up and through the crust.
The largest island is between 35 and 90 kilometers long, and the smallest between 6 and 20 kilometers.
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