Mystery Volcano Photo #1

I’m going to start a little feature on these slow volcano days … Introducing the “Mystery Volcano Photo”! I’ll post a picture of a volcano and feel free to take a whack at identifying the volcano. I’ll follow up with information on the volcano … right now you can play for community honor, but who knows, maybe I’ll get some prizes to give away.

So, without further ado, Mystery Volcano #1 (9/8/2009). Make your guess(es) in the comments. Good luck!



  1. #1 theroachman
    September 8, 2009


  2. #2 Erik Klemetti
    September 8, 2009

    Good guess, but maybe the island is a little green for Alaska?

  3. #3 Ron Schott
    September 8, 2009

    Cleveland was my first impulse, but you’re absolutely right, there’s way too much vegetation for an Alaskan volcano. It could be one of the Indonesian volcanoes, but my guess is that it’s Mayon in the Philippines.

  4. #4 hugo smith
    September 8, 2009

    It looks like Stromboli to me, off the west coast of Italy.

  5. #5 theroachman
    September 8, 2009

    I spoke to fast. The height of the vegetation and the color of the water should have been my main clues. I think I now have it but to be fair I will not submit a second guess just yet.

  6. #6 Simon
    September 8, 2009

    I was going to say Mayon, but the colour of the water infront make me wonder.

  7. #7 Erik Klemetti
    September 8, 2009

    Feel free to second guess if you think you’re wrong the first time! I’ll see how the guesses go and if need be starting leaving some hints. I will point out that the first one is, well, a bit of a doozy.

  8. #8 volcanista
    September 8, 2009

    That looks a lot like Concepcion to me, seen from the lake.

  9. #9 Erik Klemetti
    September 8, 2009

    Wow, volcanista, thats amazing. You nailed it. It is indeed Concepcion in Nicaragua. And I thought it was a ringer … Just shows that my readers know their volcanoes. I’ll post a little blurb about Concepcion tomorrow to follow this up. Look for more mystery photos in the future!

  10. #10 volcanista
    September 8, 2009

    Heh, I’ve been there, and my pictures all look like that, though from the other side. It’s a very pretty volcano, though next to impossible to climb to the top.

  11. #11 mike don
    September 8, 2009

    Haven’t a clue, sorry! My first thought looking at it would be one of the more obscure volcanoes of the Kurile Islands, but there’s way too much vegetation…

  12. #12 Fletcher
    September 8, 2009


  13. #13 Elizabeth
    September 8, 2009

    I just know I’ve seen that picture before. My guess is Redoubt.

  14. #14 Elizabeth
    September 8, 2009

    Guess I should have read all the comments first. Good job volcanista

  15. #15 theroachman
    September 8, 2009


    Concepcion was my second guess

    1 hour away from Yellowstone Super Volcano!!!

    Im forcing the kids to watch with me to see how much science my 4th grader has picked up in the last year. Had to agree to let them watch Sponge Bob till then. We will see which has better science.

  16. #16 Guillermo
    September 8, 2009

    It looks familiar due to the San Cristóbal volcano news in Nicaragua, too. The two volcanoes are very similar in shape. And the vegetation is not the only aspect you have to watch. See the clouds. They are cumulus (not present commonly in near polar latitudes) and the there is a bright lit sky, so you can approximate it to middle or low lattitudes. Congratulations to volcanista!

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