Mystery Volcano Photo #12

Alright, there has been some complaints that the last few MVPs have been too easy, so I tried to reach back and find one that might be more of a challenge for you all. Maybe this photo will do the trick …

Current standings:
Don Crain – 2
volcanista – 1
Elizabeth – 1
Ralph – 1
gijs – 1
Anne – 1
Cam – 1
gg – 1
The Bobs – 1
Boris Behncke – 1

Good luck!



  1. #1 bruce stout
    November 9, 2009


  2. #2 Anne Jefferson
    November 9, 2009

    Definitely not too easy this time, Erik. I’m stumped, but I’m going to guess Bazman in Iran.

  3. #3 bruce stout
    November 9, 2009

    .. or possibly Mr. Damavand also in Iran.

  4. #4 Michael Green
    November 9, 2009

    Just a wild random stab in the dark…im gonna go for Ubinas in Peru :S

  5. #5 Eileen Roberts
    November 9, 2009

    Not sure but it does have a look of Mount Teide on Tenerife in the Canary Islands….

  6. #6 Matt M
    November 9, 2009

    Tacora in Chile

  7. #7 Mike
    November 9, 2009

    Looks like Mt. St. Helens circa late April or early May, 1980.

  8. #8 Matt M
    November 9, 2009

    Also looks a lot like Mt. Adams (minus the glaciers, so not a good guess).

  9. #9 Karen
    November 9, 2009

    Is it Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica?

  10. #10 Karen
    November 9, 2009

    Then again, it could be Misti in Peru.

  11. #11 Gijs
    November 9, 2009

    Not easy indeed… Volcán Ollagüe?

  12. #12 Watcher
    November 9, 2009


  13. #13 Bob Jamieson
    November 9, 2009

    Mount Zuqualla?

  14. #14 Thomas Wipf
    November 9, 2009

    I think Ollagüe in Bolivia, but I miss to see the fumarolic activity. But South-America is very likely!

  15. #15 Gijs
    November 9, 2009

    There looks to be some fumarolic activity in the MVP-volcano, just above what I think is Ollagüe’s dome.

  16. #16 Erik Klemetti
    November 9, 2009

    Congrats, Gijs, you got it back at #9. This is indeed Ollague on the Chilean/Bolivian border. I took this photo from the platform of lava to the south of Volcan Pabellon and north of Volcan Chela (both to the west of Ollague) in November of 2000. Glad this photo was a bit more of a challenge.

  17. #17 Stephen Tierney
    November 9, 2009

    Mt Lassen California

  18. #18 beej
    November 9, 2009

    ~4.5 Ma flows from (the loosely named) Cerro Rojo in foreground.

  19. #19 damon scott hynes
    November 9, 2009

    I was going to guess somewhere in the central-southern Andes, but I had no hope of pinning it down any further. I remember Peter Francis’ *Volcanoes* had a lot of photos from the Bolivian/Chilean Andes and this volcano has that ‘feel’. Most regions are dissimilar like that :-)

  20. #20 Guillermo
    November 9, 2009

    There is something on the chilean volcanoes that you can recognize them immediatly in the photo. It’s funny to read about St. Helens or Adams when you can view clearly the extreme dry conditions of the Atacama Desert in the picture.

  21. #21 Erik Klemetti
    November 13, 2009

    Don’t mind me, just testing some commenting stuff.

  22. #22 Andrea Di Piazza
    November 14, 2009

    it reminds me of Lascar, Chile.
    great blog!!! greetings and compliments from an italian student

  23. #23 day trading
    December 10, 2010

    What is the purpose of this page if you don’t mind me asking?

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