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Attractions of Teneriffe



THOSE members of the British Association who visit South Africa this year will probably desire to spend as much time as they can near their journey's end. But it is just worth mentioning that some of the oceanic islands en route have very special attractions. For instance, I write from Teneriffe, which has igneous rocks, cinder cones, and lava streams for the geologist; and for the botanist all zones of vegetation from the subtropics to the snows. The scientific literature of the island is at present more in German than in English. A single day's excursion, 2000ft. up into the hills by electric tram, is possible whilst the steamer waits to coal. A week would allow of a short tour to Orotava and across the mountains to Guimar, through some of the most interesting parts of the island.

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