From September 19, 2022 to December 25, the La Palma volcano he marked the life of the palmeros and left a scenario in which they only sought to be reborn from their ashes. Precisely, among all these ashes emerges an image that invites hope, an image that begins to remind us of what the environment of the island looked like before this phenomenon.
In the image we see Canarian pines with that characteristic greenery that is already beginning to appear. This summer, volcanic tourism has developed in our country thanks to the Cumbre Vieja volcano. To find out the details of the evolution of the emblematic species, at laSexta we spoke to Manuel Nogales Hidalgoresearcher and CSIC delegate in the Canary Islands, who acknowledges being “really impressed” with the evolution of the environment affected after the end of the eruption of the volcano.
Nogales explains that the small buds seen on the trunks of some pines are the “reserves” of the sameknown as axial parenchyma. Its growth depends surrounding root systemestimating – without official data and still closed – that there could be 30% of these pines whose shoots “descend” and resorb.
Additionally, the researcher claims that some pineapples that managed to survive the lava “they took out pine nuts“recently, which have been seen on “completely black” ground because of this volcanic ash. The “most delicate” situation at the moment is in the first kilometer closest to the crater, where the pines are no longer khaki , but this characteristic greenish Color.
Regarding soil fertility and its condition, Nogales says “we have to wait” to analyze the data they continue to collect, which they hope to share a year after the eruption. However, he says that “anything less than one meter -in altitude- does not exist“.”Practically only the pines remained for nearly two kilometers around“, he confesses. In addition, they could not reach the “old ground” due to the huge amount of volcanic ash, the height of which is estimated at about one and a half meters.
Currently, the CPISC conducts many monitoring and counting, such as birds, invertebrates, lizards and bats, something that “hadn’t been done until now”. The objective is, ultimately, to continue to observe what remains of an eruption that changed La Palma and mobilized a still fundamental investigation almost a year later.