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‘Hot rock’ source of energy

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Tentative steps are being taken to explore the potential “hot rock’ technology has to solve the need for a sustainable energy alternative source in Tenerife.

In the drive for reduced emissions and cleaner sources of energy, ‘hot rock’ or, more precisely, geothermal technology has been largely ignored.

Yet its potential to provide mankind with an environmentally-friendly and economically-viable energy available on a worldwide scale is immense.

Geothermal technology involves the mechanically simple process of injecting water into a borehole … Read the rest

Posted by Mary
Categories: About Tenerife, Science

Dragon tree reputed to be a thousand years old

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

dragon tree tenerife

The Dragon Tree, or Drago, is one of the iconic symbols of Tenerife.

It is very slow growing, but when it attains maturity it usually has a thick trunk which is crowned by a thick umbrella-shaped canopy of dagger-like leaves.

It gets its popular name from the secretion of a reddish resin, know as dragon’s blood, which appears when either the bark or leaves are cut.

It is thought that the original inhabitants of the island, the Guanches, … Read the rest

Tenerife plans to plant a million new trees

Monday, March 26th, 2007

The north of Tenerife is renowned for its magnificent forests that start at altitudes of around 400 metres and climb to a level of 2,000 metres at the foot of the equally magnificent Mount Teide, at 12,194ft, the highest point on Spanish territory.

Mindful, however, that there aren’t nearly as many trees on the island as there used to be, the island authorities have announced a programme of reforestation that will see over a million trees planted in the coming … Read the rest

Posted by Mary
Categories: About Tenerife, Flowers & Plants, Nature, Science

Spooky science leaps the gap in Tenerife

Monday, March 12th, 2007

“˜Beam me up Scotty’ is a phrase familiar to fans of the sci-fi television series Star Trek, in which the crew of the Star Ship Enterprise are teleported around the cosmos during their many adventures.

Though teleportation of large objects or people remains nothing more than a fantasy, scientists are making great strides in quantum teleportation, or entanglement as they prefer to call it.

The field of quantum mechanics is on the very outer limits of our current understanding of … Read the rest

Posted by Mary
Categories: About Tenerife, Science
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