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  • 7.05°S
  • 145.858°E

  • 3384 m
    11100 ft

  • 253002
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



Unknown - Evidence Uncertain

3384 m / 11100 ft


Volcano Types

Lava dome(s)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Within 10 km
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Geological Summary

Mount Yelia, first recognized as a volcano in 1963, contains a group of andesitic lava domes in the summit area and NW flank. Marble Peak is an older volcanic center immediately to the south. The largest dome in the summit crater is perforated by at least 11 craters. Two large steep-sided, flat-topped lava domes occupy the NNE flank, and two smaller domes are located to the west. The last significant eruption occurred about 18,000 years ago, and no direct evidence for Holocene eruptions has been observed. Weak solfataric activity is present and there was an unverified report from local inhabitants of an eruption during the early 1940's. Weak fumarolic activity continues in the summit crater.


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

Blong R J, 1982. The Time of Darkness Local Legends and Volcanic Reality in Papua New Guinea. Canberra: Aust Natl Univ Press, 257 p.

Cooke R J S, Johnson R W, 1978. Volcanoes and volcanology in Papua New Guinea. Geol Surv Papua New Guinea Rpt, 78/2: 1-46.

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

Johnson R W, 1987. Large-scale volcanic cone collapse: the 1888 slope failure of Ritter volcano, and other examples from Papua New Guinea. Bull Volc, 49: 669-679.

Mackenzie D E, Johnson R W, 1984. Pleistocene volcanoes of the western Papua New Guinea Highlands: morphology, geology, petrography, and modal and chemical analyses. Aust Bur Min Resour Geol Geophys Rpt, 246: 1-271.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Yelia. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Yelia page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

The Global Volcanism Program has no synonyms or subfeatures listed for Yelia.

The Global Volcanism Program has no photographs available for Yelia.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Yelia 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.