Azores: Geography

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Azores Geography

The Azores archipelago is made up of 9 major islands and 8 islets (known as the Formigas, or “ants”) which extend from northwest to southeast. Totaling 2,248 square km, the islands are volcanic in origin and are among the tallest mountains in the world - if measured from the ocean floor. Mt. Pico, on the Azorean island of Pico, is tallest mountain in Portugal, rising 2,351 meters. The Azores' main industries are tourism, fishing, and dairy and beef farming.