BackgroundActivity at the East Eifel volcanic field began about 0.65-0.45 million years ago (Ma) with the formation of scoria cones, lava flows and tephra deposits. The Reiden volcanic complex at the western end produced a series of scoria cones, lava flows and lava domes from 0.45 to 0.35 Ma. Activity resumed around 0.215 Ma, continuing until 0.115 Ma, with the formation of scoria cones, maars and lava flows. The latest eruption, at the Laacher See maar, took place about 12,900 years ago (40Argon/39Argon age) and produced about 20 km3 of tephra (Schmincke et al., 2002).
Smithsonian / GVP volcano information
East Eifel Volcanic Field Photos
The famous Wingertsbergwand, an excellent exposure of proximal pyroclastic fall and surge deposits form the Plinian Laacher See volcano eruption 10,700 years ago (East Ei...
Pyroclastic deposits fro the Laacher See volcano eruption 10,700 years ago (East Eifel volcanic field, Western Germany) (Photo: Tobias Schorr)
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