Meidob Volcanic Field

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  • 15.32°N
  • 26.47°E

  • 2000 m
    6560 ft

  • 225050
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



2950 BCE

2000 m / 6560 ft


Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)
Lava dome(s)

Rock Types

Trachybasalt / Tephrite Basanite
Basalt / Picro-Basalt
Trachyte / Trachyandesite
Trachyandesite / Basaltic trachy-andesite

Tectonic Setting

Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Geological Summary

The alkaline Meidob volcanic field in western Sudan, at the NE end of the Darfur volcanic province, covers an area of 5000 sq km with nearly 700 Pliocene-to-Holocene vents. The field was constructed over an uplifted Precambrian igneous and metamorphic basement and is elongated in an E-W direction. Basaltic scoria cones and associated lava flows dominate, but trachytic-phonolitic lava domes, tuff rings, and maars are among the youngest volcanic products. Basaltic scoria cones are scattered throughout the field; their lavas have produced a broad lava plateau. The central part of the field consists of younger phonolitic lava flows, trachytic pumice-fall deposits, ignimbrites, and maars. The youngest dated eruptions about 5000 years ago produced a tuff ring and a lava flow.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

Almond D C, 1974. The composition of basaltic lavas from Bayuda, Sudan and their place in the Cainozoic volcanic history of north-east Africa. Bull Volc, 38: 345-360.

Franz G, Breitkreuz C, Coyle D A, Bushra El Hur, Heinrich W, Paulick H, Pudlo D, Smith R, Steiner G, 1997. The alkaline Meidob volcanic field (Late Cenozoic, northwest Sudan). J African Earth Sci, 25: 263-921.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

Paulick H, Franz G, 1997. The color of pumice: case study on a trachytic fall deposit, Meidob volcanic field, Sudan. Bull Volc, 59: 171-185.

Paulick H, Franz G, Urlacher G, Breitkreuz C, Smith R, Volker F, 1993. The alkaline Meidob volcanic field, Pliocene to Holocene, W Sudan. In:, Duggan M B, Knutson, J (eds) {IAVCEI abstracts; Ancient volcanism & modern}, Australia: Australian Geological Survey Organisation), p 84.

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.


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Katkatkono Crater 15° 21' 0" N 26° 29' 0" E
Malha Maar 15° 8' 0" N 26° 10' 0" E

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 (

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.

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Meidob Volcanic Field 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).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.