Wells Gray-Clearwater

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  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 52.33°N
  • 120.57°W

  • 2576 m
    8449 ft

  • 320150
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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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
1550 (?) Unknown Confirmed   Dendrochronology Kostal Cone
5650 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Dragon Cone

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

The Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field in the Quesnel Highland of east-central British Columbia contains basaltic cones and lava flows of early Pleistocene-to-Holocene age. Dragon Cone (above) produced lava flows that traveled 14 km down Falls Creek to the Clearwater River. Pleistocene deposits of the volcanic field include plateau-capping lava flows, subglacial mounds and tuyas, and hyaloclastites. Several cones were active during the Holocene, and the latest eruption took place from Kostal cone about 400 years ago.

Photo by Cathie Hickson (Geological Survey of Canada).
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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. Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description
NMNH 117576-1 Basalt
NMNH 117576-2 Basalt
NMNH 117576-3 Basalt
NMNH 117576-4 Basalt
NMNH 117576-5 Basalt
NMNH 117576-6 Basanitic-tuff breccia

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