Pico volcano

stratovolcano, lavadome 2351 m
Azoren, Portugal, 38.47°N / -28.4°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)

A prominent 2351-m-high stratovolcano occupying the eastern end of Pico Island is the highest volcano in the Azores.

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Typical eruption style: Explosive
Pico volcano eruptions: 1718 A.D.

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Background

Pico is superimposed on an older linear volcano with numerous flank cones that forms most of the 48-km-long island. The conical, dominantly basaltic Pico volcano is capped by a 500-m-wide summit crater that is overtopped by a small steep-sided cone. Historical eruptions have been restricted to the flanks of Pico volcano and to the SE-trending rift zone, which is dotted by pyroclastic cones. An eruption during 1562-64 from the SE rift zone produced lava flows that reached the northern coast. An eruption from a nearby vent issued lava flows that traveled into the sea on the southern side of the island. A flank eruption from Pico in 1718 fed lava flows that reached both coasts.
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Source: Smithsonian GVP

Pico Photos

Lava flow and panoramic view from Pico del Teide, Teneriffa Isl., Canaries (Photo: WNomad)
Lava flow and panoramic view from Pico del Teide, Teneriffa Isl., Canaries (Photo: WNomad)
Peak of Pico del Teide, Teneriffa Isl., Canaries (Photo: WNomad)
Peak of Pico del Teide, Teneriffa Isl., Canaries (Photo: WNomad)
Peak of Pico del Teide, south view, Teneriffa Isl., Canarys (Photo: WNomad)
Peak of Pico del Teide, south view, Teneriffa Isl., Canarys (Photo: WNomad)
Cinder cone, Pico Island, Açores Archipel (2007) (Photo: Hugues)
Cinder cone, Pico Island, Açores Archipel (2007) (Photo: Hugues)
 



Pico volcano tours:
Green Volcanoes (15 days geo and photo tour to the Azores Islands)

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