Macauley

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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 30.21°S
  • 178.475°W

  • 238 m
    781 ft

  • 242021
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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
[ 1887 Dec 1 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 0   22 km NNE of Macauley Island
[ 1825 Sep 6 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 0   "Brimstone Island," W of Macauley Island
4360 BCE ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed 6 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Sandy Bay Tuff

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Photo Gallery


A bathymetric map view shows Macauley and Giggenbach submarine volcanoes in the Kermadec arc with a submersible dive site and Macauley Island labeled. Giggenbach is in the NW corner of the map, and the Pisces submersible dive area is on the eastern rim of Macauley caldera. The map contour interval is 100 meters, and the resolution of the bathymetry data is 25 meters. The proprietary bathymetry data were obtained during a 2005 New Zealand/American NOAA Ocean Explorer research expedition to the Kermadec arc.

Image courtesy of New Zealand Nat. Inst. of Water & Atmospheric Research, 2005 (http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/05fire).
See title for photo information.
The submersible vessel Pisces V surfaces in the foreground after a dive in front of Macauley Island during a 2005 New Zealand/American NOAA Ocean Explorer research expedition to the Kermadec arc. This view from the NW shows a prominent white band in the cliff-face that is made of dacitic pyroclastic-flow deposits. The 3-km-wide Macauley Island is a remnant of the rim of a large submarine caldera centered 8 km to the NW and has a low, gently sloping surface truncated by steep cliffs.

Image courtesy of NOAA, 2005 (http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/05fire).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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