Volcanic Bonaire ... or not?

Did you know that Bonaire was originally under water? A few years ago, research showed that the area between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire was above water and the rest, which we now know as Bonaire, under water. Spread over a very long time, Bonaire rose up in parts and the other area sank into the water.


Volcanoes usually cause land to rise. And although some of the rocks on Bonaire appear to be lava - indicating that there has been some sort of volcanic movement - there is no evidence that this is true. It is thought that there were areas deep in the earth (or even an underground volcano) that pushed the land up, but never erupted like a volcano. In reality, the rocks are made of limestone and the top layer is worn away by erosion. Due to the chemical reaction with sea and rain water, and probably also the sun, the rocks look lava-like.


Because Bonaire, spread over different periods, was pushed up in parts, different plateaus were created. Every time these parts surfaced, water and waves of parts dragged away. A good example where this erosion effect can be seen is along the tourist road (the road that also leads to "1000 steps"). Here a part of the rocks hangs over the road and a clear channel is visible. If you stop and look at the limestone, you have the chance that you can see fossils.

Bonaire is rising

The question then remains: is Bonaire going to rise again? There is no evidence that volcanic activities will take place in the near future and Bonaire will be pushed again. In all likelihood, we will therefore no longer experience it, but there is a chance that Bonaire will rise again.

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