Newer Volcanics Province

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  • 37.77°S
  • 142.5°E

  • 1011 m
    3316 ft

  • 259010
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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
2900 BCE ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Mt. Gambier
3000 BCE ± 500 years Unknown Confirmed   Fission track Mt. Schank
5290 BCE (in or before) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Mt. Napier
5850 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Red Rock

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


Tower Hill maar, with bedded pyroclastic layers exposed in its wall, is part of the voluminous Newer Volcanics province, which covers a broad 15,000 sq km area of SE Australia. The volcanic field contains nearly 400 small shield volcanoes and explosive vents of Tertiary-to-Holocene age. Late-Pleistocene to Holocene eruptions formed a series of scoria cones, maars, tuff rings, and major valley filling lava flows. The youngest dated eruptions took place at Mount Schank and Mount Gambier about 5000 years ago.

Photo by Monica Handler, 1995 (Carnegie Institution).
See title for photo information.
Lake-filled Tower Hill maar is part of the voluminous Newer Volcanics province, which covers a broad 15,000 sq km area of SE Australia. The volcanic field contains nearly 400 small shield volcanoes and explosive vents of Tertiary-to-Holocene age. Late-Pleistocene to Holocene eruptions formed a series of scoria cones, maars, tuff rings, and major valley filling lava flows. The youngest dated eruptions took place at Mount Schank and Mount Gambier about 5000 years ago.

Photo by Jim Luhr, 1993 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


The following 64 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections. Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description
NMNH 114920-1 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-10 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-11 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-12 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-2 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-3 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-4 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-5 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-6 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-7 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-8 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114920-9 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-1 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-10 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-11 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-12 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-13 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-14 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-15 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-2 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-3 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-4 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-5 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-6 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-7 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-8 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 114921-9 Ultramafic nodule
NMNH 116605-11 Lava
NMNH 116605-12 Lava
NMNH 116605-13 Scoria
NMNH 116605-14 Bomb
NMNH 116605-15 Lava
NMNH 116605-16 Xenolithic with kaersutite and lherzolite
NMNH 116605-17 Bomb
NMNH 116605-18 Xenolithic
NMNH 116605-19 Lava
NMNH 116605-2 Trachytic andesite
NMNH 116605-20 Bomb
NMNH 116605-3 Lava
NMNH 116605-4 Scoria
NMNH 116605-5 Hawaiite
NMNH 116605-6 Peridotite
NMNH 116605-7 Lava
NMNH 117098-1 Spinel lherzolite
NMNH 117098-10 Dunite
NMNH 117098-11 Spinel harzburgite
NMNH 117098-12 Spinel lherzolite
NMNH 117098-13 Spinel lherzolite
NMNH 117098-14 Wehrlite
NMNH 117098-15 Pyroxenite
NMNH 117098-16 Basanite
NMNH 117098-2 Spinel lherzolite
NMNH 117098-3 Wherlite
NMNH 117098-4 Harzburgite with clinopyroxene and spinel
NMNH 117098-5 Dunite
NMNH 117098-6 Lherzolite
NMNH 117098-7 Dunite with clinopyroxene and spinel
NMNH 117098-8 Spinel lherzolite
NMNH 117098-9 Spinel harzburgite
NMNH 117099-1 Wehrlite
NMNH 117099-12 Dunite with clinopyroxene and spinel
NMNH 117099-2 Dunite with clinopyroxene and spinel
NMNH 117099-3 Dunite with clinopyroxene and spinel
NMNH 117100-6 Dunite

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