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Tatun Volcanic Group

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  • Taiwan
  • Japan, Taiwan, Marianas
  • Lava dome(s)
  • 648 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 25.178°N
  • 121.553°E

  • 1120 m
    3675 ft

  • 281032
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

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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.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 2 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
0648 (after) ± 11 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Uranium-series Shamao
4095 BCE ± 35 years Unknown Confirmed 1 Radiocarbon (corrected) Cisingshan
Deformation History

There is data available for 2 deformation periods. Expand each entry for additional details.


Deformation during 2007 - 2011 [Uplift; Observed by InSAR]

Start Date: 2007 Stop Date: 2011 Direction: Uplift Method: InSAR
Magnitude: Unknown Spatial Extent: Unknown Latitude: Unknown Longitude: Unknown

Reference List: Wang et al. 2013*.

Full References:

Wang, C., Chang, W., & Chang, C., 2013. Transient Surface Deformation of Northern Taiwan, 2007-2011, Using Persistent Scattered InSAR with ALOS Data. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 1, p. 0940).

Deformation during 1993 - 2005 [Uplift; Observed by InSAR]

Start Date: 1993 Stop Date: 2005 Direction: Uplift Method: InSAR
Magnitude: Unknown Spatial Extent: Unknown Latitude: Unknown Longitude: Unknown

Remarks: PS-InSAR shows slight uplift of the Tatun volcano group during the observation period, 1993-2005.

Figure (see Caption)

Slant range displacement rate of the processed PSs in the northern Taiwan area. This result has been adjusted by using the base point of ?Taiwan Vertical Datum 2001? installed by the Ministry of the Interior in Keelung harbor as the control point. Topographic map in background is the Taiwan digital elevation model from Taiwan Forestry Bureau. Shortening in slant range (rate in negative with warm colors) represents land uplift and elongation (rate in positive with cold colors) represents land subsidence in slant range direction. Black solid lines mark the main active faults and dashed lines are the inactive faults defined by the Central Geological Survey: (1) Chinshan Fault; (2) Shanchiao Fault; (3) Kanchiao Fault; (4) Taipei Fault; (5) Hsinchuang Fault; and (6) Nankang Fault. Black triangular: leveling survey points after Hou (2007). White dashed lines encircled the PS pixels that will compare with leveling data along profiles A and B in Fig. 11. Black dashed line frame XX? defines the PS pixels that will show in Fig. 12.

From: Chang et al. 2010b.


Reference List: Chang et al. 2010b.

Full References:

Chang, C.-P., J.-Y. Yen, A. Hooper, F.-M. Chou, Y.-A. Chen, C.-S. Hou, W.-C. Hung, and M. S. Lin,, 2010. Monitoring of surface deformation in northern Taiwan using DInSAR and PSInSAR techniques. Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., Vol. 21, No. 3, 447-461.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Tatun Volcanic Group.

Photo Gallery

The Tatun (Datun) volcano group forms the northernmost part of Taiwan, north of the capital city of Taipei (lower left). About 20 andesitic lava domes are included in the Tatun group. The two small narrow peninsulas west of the top center of this NASA Landsat image mosaic (with north to the top) are formed by lava flows from the Tatun group. The latest eruptions in the group are of late Pleistocene and mid-Holocene age, but hot springs, fumaroles, and solfataras are found over wide areas, and extensive geothermal exploration has occurred.

NASA Landsat7 image (worldwind.arc.nasa.gov)
See title for photo information.
Lava domes of the Tatun (Datun) volcano group rises to the NE beyond Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. About 20 andesitic lava domes are included in the Tatun group. The latest eruptions in the group are of late Pleistocene and mid-Holocene age. Hot springs, fumaroles, and solfataras are found over wide areas, and extensive geothermal exploration has occurred.

Photo by Alexander Belousov, 2008 (Institute of Volcanology, Kliuchi).
See title for photo information.
A phreatic eruption from a fissure on the west side of Cisingshan lava dome, seen from the west, took place at the time of the Cisingshan debris avalanche about 6000 years ago. The fissures contain small funnel-shaped craters that were the sources of explosive breccias several hundred meters wide and several meters thick that were considered to possibly be related to lithostatic unloading of the youngest lava flows of Cisingshan, which may have occurred only a few years before the collapse.

Photo by Alexander Belousov, 2008 (Institute of Volcanology, Kliuchi).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: Toucheng
Publisher: Taiwan Central Geological Survey, MOEA
Country: Taiwan
Year: 1984
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Toucheng
Title: China, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: China, Japan, Taiwan
Year: 1981
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of China, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan
Title: Geological Map of Japan
Publisher: Geological Survey of Japan
Country: Japan
Year: 1978
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Geological Map of Japan
Title: Tectonic Map of Taiwan
Publisher: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Republic of China
Country: Taiwan
Year: 1978
Map Type: Geology (Tectonic)
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Tectonic Map of Taiwan
Title: Taihoku
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: Taiwan
Year: 1945
Series: AMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Taihoku
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

The following 6 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections, and may be availble for research (contact the Rock and Ore Collections Manager). Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description Lava Source Collection Date
NMNH 117182-1 Altered Andesite -- --
NMNH 117182-2 Hornblende Dacite -- --
NMNH 117182-3 Plagioclase Andesite -- --
NMNH 117182-4 Plagioclase Andesite -- --
NMNH 117182-5 Olivine Andesite -- --
NMNH 117182-6 Olivine Andesite -- --
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