Galapagos Rift

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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 0.792°N
  • 86.15°W

  • -2430 m
    -7970 ft

  • 334070
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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
1996 ± 6 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Historical Observations
1972 Jun 29 ± 1 days Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations Galápagos Rift (Clambake vent area)

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Photo Gallery


Submarine eruptions at mid-ocean ridges produce fresh lava flows like these "pillow" lavas, which form as lava slowly oozes out of a fissure on the sea floor. The E-W-trending Galápagos Rift, an oceanic spreading ridge between the Cocos plate to the north and the Nazca plate to the south, is located north of the Galápagos Islands. A large area of hydrothermal vents along the crest of the ridge ENE of the Galápagos Islands was discovered in 1977, along with evidence of a recent eruption.

Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean Explorer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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