Kurile Islands, July 2019: Alaid volcano

Impressions from our pilot tour to the northern Kurile Islands: after a few days on Paramushir Island, we sailed to Atlasof Island, formed by the mighty stratovolcano of Alaid, the highest peak in the Kuriles and one of its most active volcanoes.
Alaid volcano on Atlasov Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Alaid volcano on Atlasov Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Slope of Taketomi cone, which formed as an island during the flank eruption of 1933-34 and has later been connected to the main island by sediments. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Slope of Taketomi cone, which formed as an island during the flank eruption of 1933-34 and has later... [info]
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Spiny lava formations on the top of Taketomi cone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Spiny lava formations on the top of Taketomi cone. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Lava sculptures (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava sculptures (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Plants have started to cover the lava surface of Taketomi. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Plants have started to cover the lava surface of Taketomi. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Oxidized lapilli and lava bombs on the summit of Taketomi. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Oxidized lapilli and lava bombs on the summit of Taketomi. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Alaid seen from Taketomi (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Alaid seen from Taketomi (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Silhouettes of Chikurachki and Fuss volcanoes on Paramushir Island in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Silhouettes of Chikurachki and Fuss volcanoes on Paramushir Island in the background. (Photo: Tom Pf... [info]
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Coast of Atlasof Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Coast of Atlasof Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Remnants of abandoned settlements near Taketomi on Atlasof Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Remnants of abandoned settlements near Taketomi on Atlasof Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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View of Alaid volcano from Taketomi cone (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of Alaid volcano from Taketomi cone (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Plants on the gray lapilli soil (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Plants on the gray lapilli soil (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Alaid volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Alaid volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Ash layers from phreatomagmatic (surtseyan) activity form much of Taketomi cone (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ash layers from phreatomagmatic (surtseyan) activity form much of Taketomi cone (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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Expedition leaders Marina and Leonid (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Expedition leaders Marina and Leonid (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Shore of Atlasof Island, eroded flanks of Alaid volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Shore of Atlasof Island, eroded flanks of Alaid volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Summit of Alaid volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Summit of Alaid volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The flat lower slopes of Alaid volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The flat lower slopes of Alaid volcano (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Young flank cone complete with remnants of the tuff ring that formed in the initial surtseyan eruption stage (when the vent was near sea level, producing phreatomagmatic explosions building a flat cone of fine material, later partially buried in the cinder cone) (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Young flank cone complete with remnants of the tuff ring that formed in the initial surtseyan erupti... [info]
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Exposed volcanic dike in the coast of Atlasof Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Exposed volcanic dike in the coast of Atlasof Island (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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