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Pico

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Sarafina Elia

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Maps & Charts

eponymous volcano, Ponta de Pico

Pico Island, Azores

Sarafina Elia, Monica Franquiz, Sam Kelly, Julianna Williamson-Green
Mount Pico
only volcano with emissions
irregular from cracks near summit
area of permanent degasification near top
release water vapor 50°C-75°C
other vents from 4900 ft - 6600 ft
Aquatic Resources
large amounts of fresh water
steep coastline
no harbors or beaches, but a few small coves where small crafts can land in good weather
Other resources
heavily forested
opportunity in charcoal business
rocky landscape
second largest island of Azores
part of "triangle islands"
home to highest point of Portugal
Environmental Potential
no history of tsunamis
volcanic activity
3 historic eruptions- in 1562, 1718, & 1720
earthquake potential
highest magnitude on nearby island = 5.8, felt on Pico with intensity level of VII on Mercalli scale
tectonic structure has two fault systems
Biology
vineyards
Animals
a lot of marine mammals & fish
Plants & vegetation
endemic species of plants
“the vegetation has been extremely altered. Approximately 95% of laurisilva has been wiped out in the past 600 years for its valuable wood (for tools, buildings, boats, fire wood, and so on) and to clear land for agriculture. As a result, it is estimated that more than half of insects on the islands have disappeared or will become extinct”
colocasia, potatoes, maize and other crops
subtropical forests

• two endemic bird species. The Azores Bullfinch, or Priolo and Monteiro's Storm-petrel
More
Features
• soil allows for 20 meter high vegetation
• vegetation of dunes, drained lava, cliffs
• trees collect rain water
• overall rich in vegetation and fresh water
• coast grassland, wet hillside grassland
• wetlands

Why should we colonize?!
• Island has 167 square miles to explore and colonize
Volcanic mountain (dormant)
Tall cliffs for protection
High point on island- evacuation in case of flooding
Exploring
Hiking
Walking
Trekking
Biking
Mountain biking
Rock climbing
Study volcanic soil

Also...
Volcanic tube
TOURISM
Exploring
Hiking
Walking
Trekking
Study Volcanic soil

Island is surrounded by other islands
Trading
Communication
TOURISM
Help in case of emergency
Colonize surrounding islands

• Landscape (A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING)
o Beautiful and peaceful landscape
Island is big enough that people don’t have to take the same trail twice
 (different level of difficulty so anyone can do the following)
• Walking, Hiking, Trekking, Mountain biking, Biking
o Green pastures (farming)
 Orchards
 Maize
 Wine, Wine Orchards
o Lava Fields
o Straw
o Rush
o Natural swimming holes
o Ocean front view

Industries
o Hunting
o Wineries
o Shipbuilding
o Whaling
 Fuel
 Art
• Straw hats
• Rush mats
• Sculptures & Jewelry
o Teeth
o Bones
o Jaws

o Fishing
o SIGHTSEEING
 Boating
 Whale, dolphin, fish viewing boat rides
 Snorkeling
 Other islands are very close
 Natural swimming holes
 Lava tube
 Dormant volcano
 Swimming
 Museums
• Whaling boats
• Volcano history museum

And finally...
THE BEST “VERDELHO” WINE IN AZORES, STRAW HATS, RUSH MATS
...Or should we leave?
Why we should...
potential volcanic eruptions
flooding and torrential rainfall
mudslides
How we could escape
strong trees to build rafts
drift with currents
Where we will go...
http://www.surf-forecast.com/weather_maps/Azores-Portugal
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