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Roque Cinchado

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The Roque Cinchado is a rock formation, regarded as emblematic of the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). It lies within the Teide National Park (a World Heritage Site) in the municipality of La Orotava, near the volcano of the same name, in the heart of the island. The Roque Cinchado is located about 1700 meters below the summit of Teide volcano and is a volcanic formation; it belongs to a lineup of large rock formations, remnants of the former summit of the island, known as "Roques García." The Roque Cinchado is a 27-metre high rock pillar, composed mostly of volcaniclastic sedimentary rock layers Its upper sedimentary layers have been intruded by two sills of lava, which have made the upper part of the pillar more resistant to erosion. The rock appeared on one thousand peseta bank notes, with Teide in the background.

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