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Gada Ale

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  • Ethiopia
  • Africa and Red Sea
  • Stratovolcano
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 13.975°N
  • 40.408°E

  • 287 m
    942 ft

  • 221050
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

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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.

Eruptive History

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Gada Ale. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Gada Ale page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

Deformation History

There is data available for 1 deformation periods. Expand each entry for additional details.


Deformation during 1993 Jun - 1996 May [Subsidence; Observed by InSAR]

Start Date: 1993 Jun Stop Date: 1996 May Direction: Subsidence Method: InSAR
Magnitude: 12.000 cm Spatial Extent: 5.00 km Latitude: 14.000 Longitude: 40.000

Remarks: Perhaps related to the northward propagation of the Erta Ale range

Figure (see Caption)

June 1993-Oct. 1997 interferogram for Gada ''Ale area. One cycle of phase corresponds to 2.8 cm change in ground-to-radar distance.

From: Amelung et al. 2000b.


Reference List: Amelung et al. 2000b.

Full References:

Amelung F, Oppenheimer C, Segall P, Zebker H, 2000. Ground deformation near Gada 'Ale volcano, Afar, observed by radar interferometry. Geophysical Research Letters, 27, 3093-3096. https://doi.org/10.1029/2000GL008497

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Gada Ale.

Photo Gallery

Gada Ale (upper right) is the most prominent volcano at the northern end of the Erta Ale Range. The 287-m-high volcano is seen here from the south, with two small lakes on its lower NW flank. Lake Aasale (Lake Karum), whose surface lies about 116 meters below sea level, is in the background. Prominent fissures (lower right) are adjacent to an uplifted salt dome (lower left). Salt diapir uplift has affected both this 2-km-wide area west of the volcano (where lava flows are uplifted as much as 100 m) and Gada Ale itself.

Copyrighted photo by Marco Fulle, 2002 (Stromboli On-Line, http://stromboli.net).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: (in Russian) Ethiopia
Country: Ethiopia/Africa-E
Year: 1986
Map Type: Geographic
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of (in Russian) Ethiopia
Title: Djoubouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen (Sana), Yemen (Aden)
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: Red Sea & Ethiopia
Year: 1984
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Djoubouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen (Sana), Yemen (Aden)
Title: Geographic Map of the Arabian Peninsula
Publisher: Dept Min for Mineral Resources, MPMR, Saudi Arabia
Country: Saudi Arabia
Year: 1984
Map Type: Geographic
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Geographic Map of the Arabian Peninsula
Title: Ethiopia, Geol Map of
Publisher: Geological Survey of Ethiopia
Country: Ethiopia/Africa-E
Year: 1975
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Ethiopia, Geol Map of
Title: Arabian Peninsula
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: Arabia
Year: 1963
Map Type: Geographic
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of Arabian Peninsula
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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