Heart Peaks

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  • 58.6°N
  • 131.97°W

  • 2012 m
    6599 ft

  • 320040
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



Unknown - Evidence Uncertain

2012 m / 6599 ft


Volcano Types

Lava dome(s)

Rock Types

Basalt / Picro-Basalt
Trachybasalt / Tephrite Basanite
Trachyte / Trachyandesite

Tectonic Setting

Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Within 10 km
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Geological Summary

The late-Cenozoic Heart Peaks shield volcano, located NW of Level Mountain in NW British Columbia, is capped by rhyolitic lava domes. The basal shield rises roughly 900 m above local topography and is composed of flat-lying basaltic and trachybasaltic lava flows and pyroclastics. The most recent eruptive activity at Heart Peak is of dominantly Pleistocene age, and late-stage Holocene activity is uncertain (Edwards and Russell, 2000; Edwards 2004, pers. comm.). The shield volcano rises above the Heart Peaks Plateau, which is sculpted on all sides by tributaries of the Inklin River. The colorful bright green and pink, steep-sided lava domes of the Heart Peaks Formation are formed of porphyritic rhyolitic and minor trachytic rocks and occupy the western side of the plateau.


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

Casey J J, Scarfe C M, 1978. Geology of the Heart Peaks volcanic centre, northwestern British Columbia. Geol Surv Can Pap, 78-1A: 87-89.

Church B N, McAdam K A, 1983. Geothermal potential map of British Columbia. Brit Columbia Ministry Energy Mines Petrol Resour, 1:2,000,000 scale.

Edwards B R, 2004. (pers. comm.).

Edwards B R, Russell J K, 2000. Distribution, nature, and origin of Neogene-Quaternary magmatism in the northern Cordilleran volcanic province, Canada. Geol Soc Amer Bull, 112: 1280-1295.

Gabrielse H, Souther J G, 1962. Dease Lake, British Columbia. Geol Surv Can Map, 21-1962.

Hickson C J, Edwards B R, 2001. Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards in Canada. In; Brooks G R (ed) {A Synthesis of Geological Hazards in Canada}, Geol Surv Can Bull, 548: 1-248.

Hickson C J, Soos A, Wright R, 1994. Catalogue of Canadian volcanoes. Geol Surv Canada Open-File Rpt.

Souther J G, 1971. Geology and mineral deposits of Tulsequah map-area, British Columbia.. Geol Surv Can Mem, 362: 1-64.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Heart Peaks. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Heart Peaks 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 Heart Peaks.

The Global Volcanism Program has no photographs available for Heart Peaks.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Heart Peaks 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.