Meidob Volcanic Field

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  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 15.32°N
  • 26.47°E

  • 2000 m
    6560 ft

  • 225050
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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
2950 BCE ± 500 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Thermoluminescence Vent VF 214
3000 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 4 Tephrochronology Central Meidob volcanic field
3050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 4 Tephrochronology SW crater of vent VF 57
4150 BCE ± 1450 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Tephrochronology Central Meidob volcanic field
5250 BCE ± 500 years Unknown Confirmed   Thermoluminescence Central Meidob volcanic field
6050 BCE ± 1600 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Thermoluminescence NE crater of vent VF 57

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.

Photo Gallery


The dark-colored area in the center of this Space Shuttle view is the alkaline Meidob volcanic field in western Sudan. This broad volcanic field covers an area of 5000 sq km with nearly 700 Pliocene-to-Holocene vents. The margins of the field are dominated by basaltic scoria cones and associated lava flows, but trachytic-phonolitic lava domes, tuff rings, and maars, concentrated along the central E-W-trending axis of the volcanic field, are among the youngest features. The latest dated eruptions took place about 5000 years ago.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS073-713-87, 1995 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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