Dakataua

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  • 5.094°S
  • 150.094°E

  • 408 m
    1338 ft

  • 252040
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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
1895 ± 5 years Unknown Confirmed 2 Anthropology Makalia
0800 ± 60 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) D-Wn1 ?
0653 ± 18 years Unknown Confirmed 6 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Dk

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 youngest-known eruption of Dakataua caldera produced these cones on Mount Makalia, probably during the 1890's. The right-hand vent produced a lava flow, still only partly vegetated, that descends the eastern flank of Mount Makalia. The cones are located along a N-S-trending chain of cinder cones and maars that cuts across the 12-km-wide caldera lake.

Photo by Russell Blong, 1988 (Macquarie University).
See title for photo information.
This sparsely vegetated lava flow appears to be the youngest within Dakataua caldera. It may have been emplaced at the time of the latest known eruption, which took place during the 1890's from Mount Makalia, a post-caldera cone. Mount Makalia is one of several young volcanic features occupying a 7-km-long peninsula that nearly bisects the caldera lake.

Photo by Russell Blong, 1988 (Macquarie University).
See title for photo information.
The 10.5 x 13.5 km Dakataua caldera anchoring the northern tip of the Willaumez Peninsula is one of New Britain's most dramatic volcanoes. The latest episode of caldera formation occurred as recently as about 1150 years ago. A 12-km-wide, crocodile-infested freshwater lake (foreground), whose surface is only about 50 m above sea level, occupies the caldera. This view from the west shows two maars (right center) and Mount Makalia (upper left), which are located along a N-S-trending peninsula that nearly bisects the caldera lake.

Photo by Russell Blong, 1988 (Macquarie University).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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