Calatrava Volcanic Field

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  • 38.87°N
  • 4.02°W

  • 1117 m
    3664 ft

  • 210040
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The dominantly Pliocene Calatrava volcanic field lies in central Spain near Ciudad Real. The more than 300 basaltic-to-foiditic pyroclastic cones, maars, and lava domes cover an area of more than 5000 sq km. The Calatrava volcanic field is mostly of Pliocene or late-Pleistocene age, although late-stage phreatomagmatic activity at Columba volcano was dated at the mid-Holocene. The volcanic field lies in a continental rift setting and contains several lake-filled maars. Fumarolic activity was recorded in the Sierra de Valenzuela area during the 16th-18th centuries.

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
3600 BCE ± 500 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Columba

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.



Cones
Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Columba, Volcán Cone 731 m 38° 45' 30" N 3° 37' 0" W


Craters
Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Cabezuelo, Volcán de el Maar 691 m
Cuevas, Volcán las Maar 671 m
Maestras, Las Maar
Mortero, El Maar
Vega de Castellanos Maar 640 m
Columba volcano, the youngest dated vent of the dominantly Pliocene Calatrava volcanic field, rises above the Jabalón reservoir. The massive volcanic field covers an area of more than 5000 sq km and contains more than 300 pyroclastic cones, maars, and lava domes. The Calatrava volcanic field is mostly of Pliocene or late-Pleistocene age, although late-stage phreatomagmatic activity at Columba volcano was dated at the mid-Holocene. Fumarolic activity was recorded in the Sierra de Valenzuela area during the 16th-18th centuries.

Photo by Rafael Becerra Ramírez, 2006 (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha).

The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title.

Gonzalez Cardenas E, Gosalvez Rey R U, Escobar Lahoz E, Becerra Ramirez R, 2007. Condiciones medioambientales en el Holoceno medio del Campo de Calatrava (Ciudad Real, Espana): resultados preliminares. Actas Cong Nac Biogeogr, in press.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Lopez-Ruiz J, Maria Cebria J, Doblas M, 2002. Cenozoic volcanism I: the Iberian peninsula. In: Gibbons W, Moreno T (eds) {The Geology of Spain}, Geol Soc London, 649 p.

Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)
Maar(s)
Lava dome(s)

Tectonic Setting

Intraplate
Continental crust (> 25 km)

Rock Types

Major
Basalt / Picro-Basalt
Foidite
Trachybasalt / Tephrite Basanite

Population

Within 5 km
Within 10 km
Within 30 km
Within 100 km
197,199
197,199
197,199
774,386

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Calatrava Volcanic Field Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
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