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Bosavi volcano

Updated: Feb 29, 2024 21:43 GMT -
stratovolcano 2507 m / 8,225 ft
New Guinea (Papua New Guinea), -6.6°S / 142.85°E
Current status: (probably) extinct (0 out of 5)

Mount Bosavi is an extinct volcano in a remote part of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Mount Bosavi is actually the collapsed cone of an extinct volcano on the Great Papuan Plateau, part of the Kikori River basin. Its caldera is approximately 4 km wide and 1 km deep. Bosavi is home to a number of unique species.
The volcano is partly located in the Sulamesi Wildlife Management Area, which was declared in 2006. The mountain with its deep crater are so inaccessible that even the few local people in the Kasua tribe who live in nearby villages rarely visit the area.

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Typical eruption style: unknown
Bosavi volcano eruptions: ca. 500,000 years ago

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Background

The people living just north of the mountain refer to themselves as Bosavi kalu (people of Bosavi) and divide into four culturally identical but linguistically marked groups, the Kaluli, Ologo, Walulu, and Wisesi. Collectively they are often referred to as Bosavi kalu.
The Kauli people have custom stories which remember the ash fall from the great 1660 AD eruption of Long Island volcano 500 km to the NE. The Bosavi people also report that the explosion of Long Island could be heard.
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Sources: Wikipedia, "The Lost Land of the Volcano" (BBC documentary)


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