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Erciyes Dağ volcano

stratovolcano 3916 m
Turkey, 38.53°N / 35.45°E
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
Erciyes Dağ volcano books
Typical eruption style: explosive
Erciyes Dağ volcano eruptions: probably in historic times
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation
Tue, 18 Apr
Tue, 18 Apr 15:31 UTCM 1.8 / 5.4 km32 kmMOLU-KOCASINAN (KAYSERI)
Wed, 12 Apr
Wed, 12 Apr 15:19 UTCM 1.629 kmDAGARDI-BUNYAN (KAYSERI)
Fri, 7 Apr
Fri, 7 Apr 08:44 UTCM 2.1 / 9 km38 kmCENTRAL TURKEY
Mon, 3 Apr
Mon, 3 Apr 09:49 UTCM 1.729 kmKAMBER-TALAS (KAYSERI)
Thu, 30 Mar
Thu, 30 Mar 09:08 UTCM 1.632 kmDAGARDI-BUNYAN (KAYSERI)
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The massive, eroded stratovolcano Erciyes Dağ dominates the northern end of the Sultansazligi Basin in central Anatolia. It covers an area of about 1300 sq km.

Background:

The growth of the modern volcano began about 0.9 million years ago, following Pliocene caldera collapse of the Kocdag complex. Numerous parasitic cones and lava domes are found mostly on the north flank of the modern edifice, many along radial fissures. The youngest dated rock was from an 83,000-year-old dacitic lava flow, but rhyodacitic eruptions and lava dome growth occurred later at the Perikartin dome. The latest documented event is an edifice-collapse that produced a large debris avalanche that extended to the east. Uncertainty remains regarding reported historical eruptions of Erciyes Dagi and their possible depiction on Roman Cappadocian coins. Historical counts possibly referring to eruptions could also be attributed to methane releases from a swamp in the Sultansazligi Basin.

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