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Meidob Volcanic Field

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  • Sudan
  • Africa and Red Sea
  • Pyroclastic cone(s)
  • 2950 BCE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 15.32°N
  • 26.47°E

  • 2000 m
    6560 ft

  • 225050
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

  • Volcano
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The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Meidob Volcanic Field.

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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.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 6 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
2950 BCE ± 500 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Thermoluminescence Vent VF 214
3000 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 4 Tephrochronology Central Meidob volcanic field
3050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 4 Tephrochronology SW crater of vent VF 57
4150 BCE ± 1450 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Tephrochronology Central Meidob volcanic field
5250 BCE ± 500 years Unknown Confirmed   Thermoluminescence Central Meidob volcanic field
6050 BCE ± 1600 years Unknown Confirmed 4 Thermoluminescence NE crater of vent VF 57
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Meidob Volcanic Field.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Meidob Volcanic Field.

Photo Gallery

The dark-colored area in the center of this Space Shuttle view is the alkaline Meidob volcanic field in western Sudan. This broad volcanic field covers an area of 5000 sq km with nearly 700 Pliocene-to-Holocene vents. The margins of the field are dominated by basaltic scoria cones and associated lava flows, but trachytic-phonolitic lava domes, tuff rings, and maars, concentrated along the central E-W-trending axis of the volcanic field, are among the youngest features. The latest dated eruptions took place about 5000 years ago.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS073-713-87, 1995 (http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: N Africa
Year: 1979
Series: ONC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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