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Suswa Volcano, Rift Valley Province, Kenya

Latitude: 1°10'30"S
Longitude: 36°21'0"E
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".

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities
Aenigmatite
Amphibole Supergroup
Augite
Brushite
Clinoferrosilite
'Feldspar Group'
Ferrosilite
'Glass'
Gypsum
Hannayite
Kogarkoite
Magnetite
var: Titaniferous Magnetite

Nepheline
Newberyite
'Olivine'
Opal
Orthoclase
Sanidine
Sodalite
Taranakite
Thermonatrite
Trona


22 entries listed. 18 valid minerals.

Localities in this Region

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References

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

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