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Waw an Namous

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  • Libya
  • Africa and Red Sea
  • Caldera
  • Pleistocene
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 24.906°N
  • 17.772°E

  • 470 m
    1542 ft

  • 225008
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Waw an Namous.

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Eruptive History

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Waw an Namous. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Waw an Namous page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Waw an Namous.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Waw an Namous.

Photo Gallery

The central cone of the isolated Wau-en-Namus volcanic field lies within a 4-km-wide caldera in the Sahara desert of south-central Libya. Three small salt lakes, one of which is seen at the right margin of the cone in this view from the south, contribute to its name, which means "Oasis of Mosquitoes." The youthful appearance of the central cone has suggested it may be as young as a few thousand years, although the arid climate may mask its actual age.

Photo by Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff, 2006 (Université Paris-Sud).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

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Title: Algeria, Chad, Libya, Niger, Sudan
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: N Africa
Year: 1984
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Algeria, Chad, Libya, Niger, Sudan
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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