A real Mystery Volcano Photo …

So I was browsing around for a new MVP and I stumbled across the following image:


It is a stunning image, capturing this stratocone filling in what might be an old caldera. The problem is, well, I have no idea what volcano this is and the page I found it on (some random wallpaper site) had no information on the image whatsoever. I’m guessing it might be somewhere in Alaska or Kamchatka … but not sure at all?

So, now, all you volcano-image experts can use your powers for good. Any idea where this image was taken and what volcano(es) are in it? Ideally, if you can find a corroborating image, that would would be great. Enjoy!

Oh yes, the current MVP standings:
Don Crain – 2
gijs – 2
The Bobs – 2
Boris Behncke – 2
volcanista – 1
Lockwood – 1
Elizabeth – 1
Ralph – 1
Anne – 1
Cam – 1
gg – 1
Damon Hynes – 1


  1. #1 Marco
    December 1, 2009

    it is Karymsky with Akademia Nauk in the back

  2. #2 Kirsten
    December 1, 2009

    Doh! Beaten to the punch! Karymsky for sure – it’s really easy to see on Google Earth.

  3. #3 Erik Klemetti
    December 1, 2009

    Wow, nice job Marco … it sure is Karymsky. I was able to find the image with actual info linking it to Karymsky after you suggested it:

    I have to admit, I’ve never seen an image of Karymsky taken from this angle that shows the stark lavas against the green landscape of the Kamchatka Peninsula. I’m glad I found it (and glad Marco could identify it for me!)

  4. #4 tammy
    December 1, 2009

    do u have any about in the time period july

  5. #5 Anne Jefferson
    December 1, 2009

    I think that may be the most beautiful volcano image I have ever seen, and it doesn’t even have a river in it! Is that another smoking volcano I see in the background?

  6. #6 mike don
    December 1, 2009

    Ach whit a scunner! (as I’d have said when I was growing up) The first MVP I recognised straight away, and I was offline when it was posted. It is certainly a stunning image, though.

  7. #7 Chance Metz
    December 1, 2009

    That one was easy.

  8. #8 EKoh
    December 1, 2009

    Erik, I suggest that you solicit photos from the readers for the next MVP. Maybe someone has some real tricky ones in their collection.

  9. #9 Fitz
    December 2, 2009

    I just sent you one Erik, which I hope is tricky enough. I included a hint, a second picture which is nearly as tricky, and the spoiler info.

  10. #10 Antony
    December 2, 2009


  11. #11 DazedNConfuzed
    December 2, 2009


    Volcano Karymsky, Kamtchatka Russia (54deg05’N – 159deg43’E),159.257813&sspn=44.372149,152.578125&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Russian+Federation,+Province+of+Kamchatka&ll=54.112553,159.663792&spn=0.062892,0.149002&t=h&z=13

    You guys beat me to it. I’m not a vulcanologist tho… But tin-eye, the ability to read some Russian, and Google maps is pretty useful stuff ;).

  12. #13 Boris Behncke
    December 2, 2009

    It was actually on the IAVCEI volcano calendar a few years ago … sometime before 2005 certainly

  13. #14 Diane
    December 2, 2009

    This is one of the most beautiful pictures of a volcano I have seen. It is so symetrical and the lava flows are so beautiful. It is rare you can see something like this. Thank you, Erik, for posting it.

    I showed it to my DH and he thought Kamchatka right away, though he didn’t know which volcano.

  14. #15 Passerby
    December 2, 2009

    The image looks like it’s been Photoshop enhanced.

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