Ascension is a volcanic island situated in the South Atlantic between Brazil and Africa
The island is formed from dormant volcanoes with Green Mountain rising up to 2818 ft in the centre
The coast of the island consists of volcanic rock and golden sand beaches
The interior of the island is a volcanic wasteland that leads to the turquoise waters of the Atlantic
A lonely chair with no owner in site at North East Beach
The Bonetta Cemetery where the graves of stricken sailors from the 1800’s are still visible today overlooking the ocean they once sailed in from.
The volcanic landscape of the interior looks more like mars than a remote Atlantic island.
A volcanic landscape to the east of the Island
Green Mountain towers above the volcanic lava flows below
The heights of Green Mountain are cooler and are covered in lush vegetation
The summit of Green Mountain is covered by a cloud forest – This isn’t natural but was started by visiting British plant collector Joseph Dalton Hooker in 1843 in an attempt to increase rainfall
In the 19th century Royal Marines carved tunnels through the volcanic rock to create a look-out path that loops around the summit of Green Mountain
Cooling cloud cover surrounds the old barracks on Green Mountain
Ascension Island is covered in curiosities – This is the derelict operations building of the Devil’s Ashpit Tracking Station where NASA tracked the Apollo and Deep Space Missions
Ascension Island is home to unique wildlife and was visited by Darwin – Green Turtles swim up to 3000km from the coast of Brazil to lay their eggs on Ascension Island, a journey which takes them up to 6 weeks
Ascension Island’s volcanic landscapes are home to Masked Booby Birds and Sooty Terns
Waves crash on a deserted beach
If you are interested in visiting Ascension Island for yourself please check out my handy travel guide here
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