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  • 76.28°S
  • 112.08°W

  • 3460 m
    11349 ft

  • 390027
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



5550 BCE

3460 m / 11349 ft


Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)

Rock Types

Trachyte / Trachyandesite
Trachybasalt / Tephrite Basanite

Tectonic Setting

Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Geological Summary

Mount Takahe is an isolated shield volcano in eastern Marie Byrd Land with an 8-km-wide summit caldera. The massive 780 cu km volcano displays a conical, youthful morphology, and the oldest dated rocks are only 0.31 million years old. Three samples were too young to date by Potassium-Argon, and some tephra layers younger than 30,000 years in the Byrd Station ice core are thought to have originated from Mount Takahe. Two early Holocene phreatomagmatic tephra layers in the Antarctic ice core were attributed to Mount Takahe (Palais et al., 1988). The latest stage of activity constructed cinder cones on the upper southern flanks and tuff cones and cinder cones on the lower SW and NE flanks.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

Dort W, 1972. Late Cenozoic volcanism in Antarctica. In: Adie R J (ed) {Antarctic Geol and Geophys}, IUGS Ser-B(1): 645-652.

Gonzalez-Ferran O, Gonzalez-Bonorino F, 1972. The volcanic ranges of Marie Byrd land between long 100° and 140° W. In: Adie R J (ed) {Antarctic Geol and Geophys}, IUGS Ser-B(1): 261-275.

Kyle P R, Jezek P A, 1978. Compositions of three tephra layers from the Byrd Station Ice Core, Antarctica. J Volc Geotherm Res, 4: 225-232.

LeMasurier W E, Thomson J W (eds), 1990. Volcanoes of the Antarctic Plate and Southern Oceans. Washington, D C: Amer Geophys Union, 487 p.

Palais J M, Kyle P R, McIntosh W C, Seward D, 1988. Magmatic and phreatomagmatic volcanic activity at Mt. Takahe, West Antarctica, based on tephra layers in the Byrd ice core and field observations at Mt. Takahe. J Volc Geotherm Res, 35: 295-317.

Wilch T I, McIntosh W C, Dunbar N W, 1999. Late Quaternary volcanic activity in Marie Byrd Land: potential 40Ar/39Ar-dated time horizons in West Antarctic ice and marine cores. Geol Soc Amer Bull, 111: 1563-1580.

Eruptive History

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
5550 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Ice Core
6250 BCE ± 5400 years Unknown Confirmed   Ar/Ar
7050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Ice Core

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.


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Takahe, Mount Shield volcano

Photo Gallery

A broad ice-filled caldera tops Mount Takahe in this aerial view from the east. The trachytic shield volcano rises about 2100 m above its base. Cinder cones and tuff cones are located on the flanks of the volcano, and outcrops in the center of the 8-km-wide caldera may represent the top of a lava dome. Gill Bluff, the prominent rock outcrop in the left foreground, consists of lava flows and flow breccias. Mount Takahe is the possible source of ash layers in Byrd Station and Dome C ice cores.

U. S. Navy photo TMA 1718 F33 022.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Takahe Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.