Faial Island

Faial

Faial Island, also known in English as Fayal, is a Portuguese island of the Central Group of the Azores.With its nearest neighbours, Pico (east across the channel) and São Jorge (northeast across the channel), it forms an area commonly known as the Trianglo (English: Triangle). The island has also referred to as the Ilha Azul (English: Blue Island), derived from the writings of Portuguese poet Raul Brandão, due to the large quantity of hydrangeas that bloom during the summer months.Along with other islands in the Azores archipelago, Faial is of volcanic origin and is close to the tectonic divide between the European and North American Plates. Indeed, the island can be considered (from a geophysical perspective) the westernmost point of Europe (the two islands west of Faial, Flores and Corvo, are already on the American plate). It is an irregular pentagonal-shaped island that occupies an area of approximately 173 km² along a leaky transform fault from the mid-Atlantic Ridge to Hirondella fault.

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