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Wapi Lava Field

Photo of this volcano
  • United States
  • Canada and Western USA
  • Shield
  • 300 BCE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 42.88°N
  • 113.22°W

  • 1604 m
    5262 ft

  • 324030
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
    Number

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Eruptive History

There is data available for 1 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
0300 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 2 Tephrochronology Kings Bowl Rift, Wapi Lava Field
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Wapi Lava Field.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Wapi Lava Field.

Photo Gallery

Dark lava flows extend from the 6-km-long Kings Bowl Rift SE of Craters of the Moon. These flows were erupted at the same time as the much more massive Wapi lava field flows immediately to the south that covered about 300 sq km, forming a broad, low shield volcano about 2250 years ago. The light-colored area overlying the lava flows at the lower center of the photo is an ash deposit produced by explosions from Kings Bowl crater.

Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.
See title for photo information.
The dramatic Kings Bowl rift cutting diagonally across the top of the photo produced a small 6-sq-km lava field about 2250 years ago immediately north of the much larger Wapi lava field. Kings Bowl itself is the small elongated crater on the right-center side of the rift in this photo; it formed during a phreatic explosion that deposited lighter-colored tephra to the east (upper right). The massive Wapi lava field, located out of view south (right) of Kings Bowl, covers an area of about 325 sq km and originated from Pillar Butte, a small shield volcano.

Photo by Susan Sakimoto (NASA, courtesy of Scott Hughes, Idaho State University).
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: United States
Year: 1988
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Canada, United States
Title: W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1984
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology (Volcano)
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of W US /Map of Dist, Comp, Age-Late CZ Volc Centers
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: 1:ID MT SD WY-Map of Dist/Comp/Age CZ Volc Center
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology (Volcano)
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of 1:ID MT SD WY-Map of Dist/Comp/Age CZ Volc Center
Title: 2:ID MT SD WY-Map of Dist/Comp/Age CZ Volc Center
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1983
Series: MI
Map Type: Geology (Volcano)
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of 2:ID MT SD WY-Map of Dist/Comp/Age CZ Volc Center
Title: Map Showing Distribution, Composition, and Age of Late Cenozoic Volcanic Centers in Idaho, Western Montana, West-Central South Dakota, and NW WY
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: US
Year: 1983
Series: Misc Investigations
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Map Showing Distribution, Composition, and Age of Late Cenozoic Volcanic Centers in Idaho, Western Montana, West-Central South Dakota, and NW WY
Title: Map Showing Distribution, Composition, and Age of Late Cenozoic Volcanic Centers in Idaho, Western Montana, West-Central South Dakota, and NW WY
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: US
Year: 1983
Series: Misc Investigations
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Map Showing Distribution, Composition, and Age of Late Cenozoic Volcanic Centers in Idaho, Western Montana, West-Central South Dakota, and NW WY
Title: Pocatello
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1982
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Pocatello
Title: Idaho Falls
Publisher: US Geological Survey
Country: United States
Year: 1981
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:250,000
Map of Idaho Falls
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

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

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