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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-09439

The 4-km-wide caldera of the Morne Plat Pays volcanic complex is widely breached to the sea of the west in this view from Scotts Head lava dome.  It formed about 39,000 years ago following a major plinian explosive eruption and flank collapse that truncated Morne Plat Pays stratovolcano, the peak on the left-center horizon.  The northern caldera margin lies immediately north of the post-caldera Socrière lava dome at the far left and near Soufrière village at the far right.  Post-caldera lava domes form the center-to-right horizon. Photo by Jan Lindsay, 2000 (Seismic Research Unit, University of West Indies).

The 4-km-wide caldera of the Morne Plat Pays volcanic complex is widely breached to the sea of the west in this view from Scotts Head lava dome. It formed about 39,000 years ago following a major plinian explosive eruption and flank collapse that truncated Morne Plat Pays stratovolcano, the peak on the left-center horizon. The northern caldera margin lies immediately north of the post-caldera Socrière lava dome at the far left and near Soufrière village at the far right. Post-caldera lava domes form the center-to-right horizon.

Photo by Jan Lindsay, 2000 (Seismic Research Unit, University of West Indies).


Plat Pays, Morne