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Mega Basalt Field volcano

Pyroclastic cones 1067 m / 3,501 ft
Ethiopia/Kenya, 4.08°N / 37.42°E
Current status: dormant (1 out of 5)
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Typical eruption style: unspecified
Mega Basalt Field volcano eruptions: unknown, no recent eruptions No recent earthquakes
TimeMag. / DepthDistanceLocation

Background:

The Mega Basalt field, straddling the Ethiopia-Kenya border, is referred to in Kenya as the Dukana volcanic field. The Ethiopian portion was considered to have been active during the Holocene (Mohr, 1979; Davidson, 1983). The Kenyan portion was mapped as Pleistocene in age, with one Potassium-Argon date of about 0.9 million years ago (Charsely, 1987). The 1.8-km-wide Gof Dukana basaltic maar is surrounded by ejecta containing abundant basement igneous and metamorphic rocks. About 50 pyroclastic cones with associated lava flows rise to about 150 m above the lava platform in northern Kenya.
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