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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-08737

A steep-sided central cone, Pico, rises more than 1 km above the floor of the caldera of Fogo volcano, forming the 2829 m high point of the island of Fogo.  This massive stratovolcano is the most prominent of the Cape Verde Islands and is truncated by a large 9-km-wide caldera that is breached to the east.  Pico was apparently in almost continuous activity from the time of Portuguese settlement in 1500 CE until around 1760.  It is seen here in 1995 during an explosive and effusive eruption from a vent on its lower western flank. Photo by Nicolau Wallenstein, 1995 (Center of Volcanology, Azores University).

A steep-sided central cone, Pico, rises more than 1 km above the floor of the caldera of Fogo volcano, forming the 2829 m high point of the island of Fogo. This massive stratovolcano is the most prominent of the Cape Verde Islands and is truncated by a large 9-km-wide caldera that is breached to the east. Pico was apparently in almost continuous activity from the time of Portuguese settlement in 1500 CE until around 1760. It is seen here in 1995 during an explosive and effusive eruption from a vent on its lower western flank.

Photo by Nicolau Wallenstein, 1995 (Center of Volcanology, Azores University).


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