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Suswa Volcano, Rift Valley Province, Kenya

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 1° 10' 30'' South , 36° 21' 0'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -1.17500,36.35000


In the center of the Rift Valley, about 90 km N of Nairobi.

A Halocene shield volcano that is 2,356 meters (7,730 feet) high. It is the southernmost caldera of the Kenya rift system. Several eruptions have created a variety of interesting features. The latest eruptions may be as recent as 100 years ago. The outer crater is approximately 10km in diameter and is breached on its south and east sides where lava flows poured down the slopes. Many of the less viscous pahoehoe flows are honeycombed with caves. An inner crater is 4 to 5km in diameter and contains a raft-like structure (tilted island block of caldera floor lava flows) surrounded by a deep "moat".

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19 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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Quaternary
0 - 2.588 Ma
Quaternary volcanic rocks

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Comments: May include hypabyssal intrusions.

Lithology: Volcanic rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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Kenya

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References

J. Petrology (1969) 10 (3): 409-439.

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