Ayelu

Photo of this volcano
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 10.082°N
  • 40.702°E

  • 2145 m
    7036 ft

  • 221160
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  • Summit
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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
[ 1928 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 2  

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Photo Gallery


Ayelu is the westernmost and older of two volcanoes at the southern end of the Danakil depression. The vegetated rhyolitic stratovolcano is cut by prominent regional faults. Hot springs occur at its western flank. Its younger twin volcano, Aabida, has a 4 x 5 km caldera, which originated following eruption of voluminous pyroclastic flows, and a younger 2.5-km-wide caldera. Extensive young basaltic lava flows cover the flanks of Aabida and overlap a sedimentary plain to the SE.

Photo by Giday Wolde-Gabriel (Los Alamos National Laboratory).
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A 4 x 5 km wide caldera cuts the summit of Adwa volcano above the center of this NASA Landsat image with north to the top. This prominent volcano (also known as Aabida, Amoissa, or Dabita) is a stratovolcano in the southern Afar area immediately east of Ayelu volcano, which lies above and to the left of the westernmost flank lava flow. These prominent young basaltic lava flows were erupted from vents on the west, east, and south flanks of Adwa volcano and overlap a sedimentary plain to the SE.

NASA Landsat7 image (worldwind.arc.nasa.gov)
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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