Gamchen

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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 54.974°N
  • 160.703°E

  • 2539 m
    8328 ft

  • 300210
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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
0550 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Tephrochronology SE flank (Barany, Lukovitsa)
1650 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Tephrochronology SE flank (Barany)

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Photo Gallery


The Komarov volcanic complex is seen in the foreground in this view from the north toward the southern part of the Gamchen volcanic range. The youngest cone of the Komarov complex, 2070-m-high Komarov, was built at the western end of a 2.5 x 4 km caldera. It is capped by two craters, one at the summit and the other on the upper east flank. The Gamchen massif beyond Komarov consists of three Late-Pleistocene and one Holocene cones. The perfect cone of Kronotsky volcano is seen on the far right horizon.

Copyrighted photo by Philippe Bourseiller (Holocene Kamchataka volcanoes; http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/volcanoes/holocene/main/main.htm).
See title for photo information.
The Gamchen volcanic massif, consisting of one Holocene and three late-Pleistocene cones, is seen from the SE. The reddish Holocene cone in the foreground, capped by a 500-m-wide, 200-m-deep crater, is named Barany (or Baranii, meaning "Sheep's"). Stratigraphic evidence indicates that it grew in several spurts of activity 3600-3000 years ago. Yuzhny Gamchen (center) forms the high point of the Gamchen massif. Kizimen volcano is seen on the distant horizon left of Gamchen's summit.

Copyrighted photo by Philippe Bourseiller (Holocene Kamchataka volcanoes; http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/volcanoes/holocene/main/main.htm).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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