Black Butte Crater Lava Field

Photo of this volcano
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  • 43.183°N
  • 114.352°W

  • 1478 m
    4848 ft

  • 324010
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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
8400 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Radiocarbon (uncorrected)

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Photo Gallery


One of a series of interlocking craters forming the complex summit of Black Butte, the vent of the Shoshone lava field, is seen here from the summit of the butte. The broad, low Shoshone shield volcano fed voluminous lava flows that traveled a small distance north towards the Mount Bennett Hills in the background, but the bulk of the flows traveled initially south and then west for a total distance of 60 km. The Shoshone lava field, erupted about 10,000 years ago, is the westernmost of the young volcanic fields of the Snake River Plain.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2002 (Smithsonian Institution).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Black Butte Crater Lava Field in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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