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Mount Suswa (Suswa Volcano), Kajiado County, Kenya

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 1° 10' 22'' South , 36° 20' 51'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -1.17285,36.34777
GeoHash:G#: kzcc747xs
Locality type:Volcano
Köppen climate type:Aw : Tropical savanna, wet

In the center of the Rift Valley, approximately 90 kms North 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 the early 1900s. 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 4-5 kms 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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Nash, W.P., Carmichael, I.S.E., Hohnson, R.W. (1969) The Mineralogy and Petrology of Mount Suswa, Kenya. Journal of Petrology, 10:3, 409-439.

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