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Hiking on the Piton de la Fournaise

During my stay at the CIRAD de la Réunion, as part of a research mission in agro-ecology (more info ici), we organized several long walks with colleagues.

One of them took place over 3 days on the Piton de la Fournaise volcano with Gilles CELLIER and Benjamin FARTEK.

With this album, I wanted to share this incredible experience with you.

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Information on Reunion Island:

The island of Reunion is located in the Indian Ocean and is part of the archipelago of Mascareignes with Mauritius and Rodriguez Island. It is composed of 2 volcanoes: 1) the Snow Piton, 3 million years old, 2) the Piton de la Fournaise, 500 000 years old.

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The Piton de la Fournaise is the only active volcano on the island today, it culminates at 2632m and represents 40% of the surface of Reunion.

Le Piton des neiges (3 070m) has not been active for 12 000 years and collapsed on itself later to form the circus of Mafate.

From its activity, the Furnace Piton is considered one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. It erupts about every 9 months. The last eruption was on 21 June 2014.

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Benoît GILLES
Chargé de recherche – Entomologiste chez Cycle Farms