Picos Volcanic System

Photo of this volcano
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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 37.78°N
  • 25.67°W

  • 350 m
    1148 ft

  • 382081
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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
1652 Oct 19 1652 Oct 26 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Eastern part (SW of Fogo 1 cone)
0940 ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Eastern part (Mata des Feiticeiras)
0850 ± 150 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) East-central part (Cruz)
0600 ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) East-central part (Caldeirao)
0510 BCE ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) North-central part (Furna)
0850 BCE ± 100 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) North-central part (Aflitos)
4040 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected)

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


A chain of fissure-fed scoria cones known as the Picos volcanic system dotting the "waist" of Sao Miguel Island between Sete Cidades and Agua de Pau volcanoes is seen here from the east below the Agua de Pau (Lagoa do Fogo) caldera. The densely populated southern coast of Sao Miguel appears in the background. At least 18 eruptions have occurred during the past 2800 years, although the only historical eruption took place in 1652 from a vent along the axis of the island.

Copyrighted photo by Marco Fulle, 2000 (Stromboli On-Line, http://stromboli.net).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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