El Dedo de Dios

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Dedo de Dios in September 2005
Dedo de Dios today

El Dedo de Dios (translated: God's finger) was a famous rock structure in the Atlantic Ocean, located in the northern part of Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands (Spain). During Tropical Storm Delta in November 2005, the thin top of the rocky monument was broken off and fell into the sea, destroying its unique characteristic that had the shape of a finger (hence the name "God's finger").

It was one of the many natural monuments of the Canary Islands outside the coastal town of Agaete, at the north of Gran Canaria. The peculiarly shaped rock has been an inspiration to many artists, and it is believed that the author Domingo Doreste was the first to name it God's finger.

The area is considered the oldest on Gran Canaria, and started to form around 14 million years ago. During a time span of 2-300,000 years, the oddly shaped monument was created from the basaltic materials in the area.

Reconstruction[edit]

After losing "God's finger" investigations started on what should be done. Eventually, a commission of experts, set up by the town of Agaete, advised in March 2006 against reconstructing the natural monument and proposed to set up a plan for conserving what is left of the emblematic rock.

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Coordinates: 28°05′47″N 15°42′29″W / 28.09639°N 15.70806°W / 28.09639; -15.70806