Mystery Volcano Photo #5

So far, Eruptions readers have nailed every one of the Mystery Volcano Photos posted, usually within the first two guess. That leaves our standings as:

volcanista – 1
Elizabeth – 1
Ralph – 1
Cam – 1
The field – 0

Here’s a MVP for you to identify. Good luck!



  1. #1 Ron Schott
    September 24, 2009

    I don’t recognize it right off the bat, but I’ll speculate that it’s in the Galapagos Islands, which should eliminate that island group if my past record of guesses is any indication…

  2. #2 Sam K.
    September 24, 2009

    out of curiosity, will “the rest of you,” AKA “the field” ever have a non-zero score?

  3. #3 Erik Klemetti
    September 24, 2009

    Sam K. – In theory, you’re right. However, as a motivational tool, hopefully people will want to separate themselves from the zero-scoring “field”. It is all part of my clever mind games.

  4. #4 Ralph
    September 24, 2009

    Hmmm, tricky. My tentative suggestion is Piton de la Fournaise.

  5. #5 Simon
    September 24, 2009

    Havent got the foggiest on that one.
    If no-one gets it do you score a point Erik? ūüôā

  6. #6 Erik Klemetti
    September 24, 2009

    Oh, I like that idea a lot, Simon!

  7. #7 mike don
    September 24, 2009

    A wild guess; Cerro Negro? OTOH the surroundings look pretty cold from that rather gloomy pic, so an even wilder one, Karymsky’s summit crater, looking out over the Akademia Nauk caldera.

  8. #8 Big Noodle
    September 24, 2009

    Hmmmm. Volcano in a wide caldera, breached to the sea on one side. Maybe Anatahan?

  9. #9 MadScientist
    September 24, 2009

    @Big Noodle: Definitely not Anatahan – that’s a small island so you won’t see any bays – you either see the mountain or the ocean. That photo of Sarigan should give you an idea what Anatahan is like. Sure there are the rims of enormous calderas in that region of the Pacific and forming chains of small islands, but not within sight of Anatahan.

  10. #10 doug
    September 24, 2009

    Mono craters, with the Sierra’s in the background? My second guess was on the red sea, either in Yemen or across the way.

  11. #11 robert somerville
    September 24, 2009

    northern rift volcanoes in Kenya ??

  12. #12 Chance Metz
    September 24, 2009

    I think for sure it is in Africa,Ethopia I am gussing. Either Dalaffilla or Erta Ale is my first guess

  13. #13 Fitz
    September 24, 2009


  14. #14 unkerich
    September 25, 2009


  15. #15 bruce stout
    September 25, 2009

    It’s the mountains in the background that make it tricky. Otherwise I’d pick any of a number of hot spot volcanoes like the Canaries or something but those mountains look ike the product of folding rather than volcanism (you have to squint a lot). Yet here we have a relatively fluid mafic lava cone in the foreground.

    Nope can’t place it.

    That sloping ridge on the right could be the shoulder of a large shield volcano.

  16. #16 VolcanoMan
    September 25, 2009

    I think Chance Metz is right, looks a lot like Erta Ale.

  17. #17 Anne Jefferson
    September 25, 2009

    I’m going to go with Gada Ale in Ethiopia. The water looks right.

  18. #18 Anne Jefferson
    September 25, 2009

    It’s not Gada Ale, it’s definitely the Ardouk√ība (Asal) Rift in Djibouti. This photo looks just like it.

  19. #19 Melissa
    September 25, 2009

    I think Anna’s definitely got it. You can see the salt flats across the lake!

  20. #20 Erik Klemetti
    September 25, 2009

    Yup, Anne, you got it! It took a few more guesses than the last few times, but you all still got it. A bit more about the volcano later today.

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