Mystery Volcano Photo #23

We’ll try again with a finding a good Mystery Volcano Photo!

The last MVP was Mt. Meru in Tanzania, submitted by Michael Dalton-Smith. Now, I thought this image was going to be a little harder than it turned out to be as the shot of Meru on Wikipedia is a very similar shot, but that happens sometimes – and it did take 9 guesses this time! Congrats to MK in Alberta for getting that MVP. As for Meru, the last known eruption from this African volcano was in 1910, a VEI 2 explosive event from the aptly named “Ash Cone”. Meru appears to have been relatively active during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, but no signs of activity have been noted since.

Current Standings:
The Bobs – 3
Don Crain – 3
Boris Behncke – 3
gijs – 2
volcanista – 1
Lockwood – 1
Elizabeth – 1
Ralph – 1
Anne – 1
Cam – 1
gg – 1
Damon Hynes – 1
Marco – 1
Doug C. – 1
Diane – 1
Stephen – 1
MK, Alberta – 1

So, we’ll try another one while I’m out in the field. Here is Mystery Volcano Photo #23:

MVP #23. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Good luck!


  1. #1 Carl
    July 7, 2010

    That volcano really begs for a Gandalf and a Dwarf slooshing about, so I would go with New Zeeland.

    Mount Taranaki?

  2. #2 Stephen Cheslin
    July 7, 2010

    Steve, Leeds, UK
    This is quite a difficult one this time. So this is realy is a shot in the dark.
    Is it Demavend, Iran

  3. #3 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    July 7, 2010

    That’s Middle Sister in Oregon, US.

  4. #4 Thomas Wipf
    July 7, 2010

    I think Kultsi is right and I´m too late anyway: Middle Sister (Oregon) could be right.

  5. #5 Cam
    July 7, 2010

    I’m going with Mount Spurr, Alaska.

  6. #6 mike don
    July 7, 2010

    Pyre Peak? (Aleutian Islands, can’t remember which one without checking GVP)

  7. #7 Doug McL
    July 7, 2010

    Shasta? Maybe a bit too much ice, but Kultsi already picked middle sister.

  8. #8 Adrian,Dorset, UK
    July 7, 2010

    Hi to all !
    Well Erik,this one is a goodie. Im gonna stick my neck out and say Mount Teide, Tenerife.

  9. #9 robert somerville
    July 7, 2010

    middle sister it looks like to me

  10. #10 Erik Klemetti
    July 7, 2010

    Wow, Kulsti, you got it. How did you figure it out so quickly from Finland? This shot is from my personal collection, from some fieldwork with a colleague … but sure enough, it is Middle Sister.

  11. #11 Kultsi, Askola, FI
    July 7, 2010

    @ #10 Erik, first, there’s the glacier, and that requires some altitude – or latitude – for them to form. I checked the NZ volcanos, but none filled the bill, so I checked some more and finally ended up checking the Cascades. Still no hits, but good glaciers, so I kept on looking until I saw the pic of Three Sisters and the middle one’s flank angle and size of top looked familiar, so I dug deeper and found this:

    The same hump near the top on the west side, the tiny top glacier and the same glacier pattern at the bottom: bingo, no doubt. BTW, that one’s the _only_ pic of hundreds to give even a close tip for positive identification – I checked, just to see.

  12. #12 Passerby
    July 7, 2010

    Big difference in those two photos for glacier mass! Good search technique – until I saw your photo (#11), I didn’t see any that suggested the Three Sisters was the target.

  13. #13 Shawn Gullickson
    November 30, 2010

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