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  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 42.7°N
  • 44.5°E

  • 5050 m
    16564 ft

  • 214020
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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Eruptive History

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

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
0750 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Tephrochronology
4000 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)

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Photo Gallery

The 5050-m-high, glacier-covered Kasbek stratovolcano, the second highest in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, lies just south of the border with Russia. The summit cone and the latest lava flows are of postglacial age, and the latest andesitic-dacitic lava flow was radiocarbon dated at about 6000 years ago. Arrows at the top left on this August 13, 2002 NASA Space Shuttle image mark the path of an avalanche and debris flow produced by collapse of a glacier the following month.

Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, 2002 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Kazbek in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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