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Garibaldi

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  • Canada
  • Canada and Western USA
  • Stratovolcano
  • 8060 BCE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 49.85°N
  • 123°W

  • 2678 m
    8786 ft

  • 320200
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
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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 1 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
8060 BCE ± 500 years Unknown Confirmed 3 Radiocarbon (uncorrected) SE flank (Opal Cone)
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Garibaldi.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Garibaldi.

Photo Gallery

Mount Garibaldi, rising above scenic Garibaldi Lake to the north, is a largely Pleistocene stratovolcano capped by a lava dome complex. The volcano was partially constructed over the Cordilleran ice sheet and displays many ice-contact features. Its final eruptions during the early Holocene included the emission of lava flows that mantled the west-side landside headwall and a massive lava flow from Opal Cone, a SE flank vent, that traveled 20 km to the south and west.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1983 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Mount Garibaldi is a Pleistocene volcano that was partially constructed over the Cordilleran ice sheet. Its steep-sided western face, seen from near Alice Lake, exposes the interior structure of the volcano and resulted from repeated landsliding of an oversteepened slope left when the continental ice sheet retreated. The sharp summit peak to the right is the Altwell Peak plug dome; the rounded peak to the left is Dalton Dome, the source of some of Garibaldi's most recent eruptions.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1976 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Mount Garibaldi rises to 2678 m above Howe Sound, 80 km north of Vancouver. The steep-sided peak on the right is the Squamish Chief, a glacially carved peak of the Coast Range batholith. Garibaldi was constructed during the Pleistocene, partially overriding the Cordilleran ice sheet. Retreat of the ice sheet left the western side of the volcano unsupported, causing many landslides into the Cheakamus River valley.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1976 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
The Table, the dark, flat-topped ridge in the foreground in front of Mount Garibaldi, is the southernmost vent of the Garibaldi Lake volcanic field. This unusual feature is a "tuya," formed when lava flows filled a pit melted through the continental ice sheet. A series of stacked horizontal lava flows filling the pit formed The Table; late-stage flows spilled down a gap between the earlier flows and the ice-pit wall, coating the horizontal flows like icing on a cake.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1983 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Mount Garibaldi in the left background rises above the glacially dissected granitic rocks of the Coast Range Batholith that extend south to the Mount Seymour area in the foreground, immediately north of the city of Vancouver. Garibaldi's latest eruptive activity took place during the early Holocene.

Photo by Lee Siebert (Smithsonian Institution).
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: Canada, United States
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: Canada, US- AK WA
Year: 1987
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Canada, United States
Title: Vancouver
Publisher: Canada Map Office Dept. EMR
Country: Canada
Year: 1986
Series: A 502
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Vancouver
Title: British Columbia's Coast: The Canadian Inside Passage
Publisher: Alaska Geographic Society
Country: Canada
Year: 1986
Map Type: Geographic
Scale: 1:2,000,000
Map of British Columbia's Coast: The Canadian Inside Passage
Title: Dist, Thickness, Mass of Tephra from Volcanoes
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: MFS
Map Type: Geology (Volcanic Hazard)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of Dist, Thickness, Mass of Tephra from Volcanoes
Title: British Columbia Geol Highway Map (1)
Publisher: Ministry of Energy, Mines & Petroleum Resources
Country: Canada
Year: 1981
Series: BC Geol Maps
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,250
Map of British Columbia Geol Highway Map (1)
Title: Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States
Publisher: ERDA and USGS
Country: United States
Year: 1977
Map Type: Cultural (Geothermal Resources)
Scale: 1:1,250,000
Map of Geothermal Energy Resources of the Western United States
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

The following 2 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 116136-1 Alkalic Basalt -- --
NMNH 116136-2 Hypersthene Andesite -- --
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