Chyulu Hills

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  • 2.68°S
  • 37.88°E

  • 2188 m
    7177 ft

  • 222130
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The 100-km-long NW-SE-trending Chyulu Hills volcanic field is located 150 km east of the Kenya Rift. It contains several hundred small cones and flows, including numerous Recent cinder cones. Two of these, Shaitani and Chainu, erupted during the mid-19th century. Volcanic activity began about 1.4 million years ago with eruptions in the northern Chyulu Hills and migrated to the SE, where a large number of Holocene cones are found. Many of the cinder cones are aligned along dominantly NW-trending older faults and younger NNE-trending fissures. The silica contents of the lava flows increased with time. Early flows consisted of foidites; later Holocene lava flows are basanites and alkali basalts.

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

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1855 ± 5 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Anthropology Shaitani and Chaimu
1470 ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Umani

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
Aseba, Ol Doinyo Cone 1110 m 2° 20' 0" S 37° 38' 0" E
Chaimu
    Cheimu
    Ngulia Hills
Cone 1615 m 2° 56' 0" S 38° 4' 0" E
Duani Cone 1134 m 2° 17' 0" S 37° 44' 0" E
Elmau Cone 1311 m 2° 29' 0" S 37° 41' 0" E
Engeloreti, Ol Doinyo Cone 1277 m 2° 24' 0" S 37° 40' 0" E
Ithundu Cone 1190 m 2° 20' 0" S 37° 42' 0" E
Kakambui Cone 2° 21' 0" S 37° 44' 0" E
Kenze Cone 1148 m 2° 26' 0" S 37° 53' 0" E
Kwadisha Cone 1192 m 2° 29' 0" S 37° 38' 0" E
Lalasho, Ol Doinyo Cone 2° 25' 0" S 37° 33' 0" E
Lambagai, Ol Doinyo Cone 2° 24' 0" S 37° 37' 0" E
Lolrupande, Ol Doinyo Cone 1209 m 2° 23' 0" S 37° 36' 0" E
Mabuani Cone 2° 22' 0" S 37° 46' 0" E
Mathaioni Cone 1190 m 2° 19' 0" S 37° 42' 0" E
Migululu Cone 1471 m 2° 23' 0" S 37° 44' 0" E
Mubonyakya Cone 1161 m 2° 22' 0" S 37° 46' 0" E
Mutonaju Cone 1423 m 2° 22' 0" S 37° 42' 0" E
Mwailo
    Makinku
Cone 1137 m 2° 15' 0" S 37° 43' 0" E
Nemashi Cone 2° 14' 0" S 37° 35' 0" E
Ngalata Cone 1090 m 2° 17' 0" S 37° 38' 0" E
Ngazani Cone 2° 18' 0" S 37° 40' 0" E
Olgoreti, Ol Doinyo Cone 2° 19' 0" S 37° 37' 0" E
Olgurtam Cone 2° 24' 0" S 37° 34' 0" E
Olmoti Cone 2° 11' 0" S 37° 39' 0" E
Olorerer Cone 1172 m 2° 20' 0" S 37° 34' 0" E
Oojini Cone 2° 16' 0" S 37° 41' 0" E
Osogot Cone 1097 m 2° 12' 0" S 37° 39' 0" E
Sambu, Ol Doinyo Cone 1341 m 2° 22' 0" S 37° 38' 0" E
Shaitani Cone 1667 m 2° 52' 0" S 37° 58' 0" E
Tindima Cone 1529 m 2° 24' 0" S 37° 44' 0" E
Umani Cone 1131 m 2° 28' 0" S 37° 54' 0" E
The dark lava flows at the right side of this Landsat image are from vents at the western end of the Chyulu Hills volcanic field. This 100-km-long, NW-SE-trending volcanic field is located 150 km east of the Kenya Rift. Two of the several hundred small cones and flows, Shaitani and Chaimu, erupted during the mid-19th century. Many of the cinder cones are aligned along dominantly NW-trending older faults and younger NNE-trending fissures.

NASA Landsat image, 1999 (courtesy of Hawaii Synergy Project, Univ. of Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology).

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.

Haug G H, Strecker M R, 1995. Volcano-tectonic evolution of the Chyulu Hills and implications for the regional stress field in Kenya. Geology, 23: 165-16.

Richard J J, Neumann van Padang M, 1957. Africa and the Red Sea. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI 4: 1-118.

Saggerson E P, 1963. Geology of the Simba-Kibwezi area. Geol Surv Kenya Rpt, 58: 1-70.

Spath A, Le Roex A P, Opiyo-Akech N, 2001. Plume-lithosphere interaction and the origin of continental rift-related alkaline volcanism--the Chyulu Hills volcanic province, southern Kenya. J Petr, 42: 765-787.

Volcano Types

Volcanic field

Tectonic Setting

Rift zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)

Rock Types

Major
Trachybasalt / Tephrite Basanite
Basalt / Picro-Basalt
Foidite

Population

Within 5 km
Within 10 km
Within 30 km
Within 100 km
14,889
14,889
91,280
1,784,980

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Chyulu Hills 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).
Smithsonian Collections Search the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections database. Go to the "Search Rocks and Ores" tab and use the Volcano Name drop-down to find samples.