Ol Doinyo Lengai (Arusha, Tanzania)

Lava Flow from Cone, Oldoinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania

Volcano: Ol Doinyo Lengai (see Ol Doinyo Lengai at the Smithsonian Institution website in a new tab)
Type: Volcanic Plume
Description: Ol Doinyo Lengai (2962m), "Mountain of God" in the Maasai language,is an active volcano located in the Gregory Rift, south of Lake Natron within the Arusha Region of Tanzania, Africa. Oldoinyo Lengai Volcano is the only volcano to erupt sodium carbonatite lavas in historical times. These lavas have a significantly lower melting point (around 500'C) than “normal” silicate lavas (around 1200'C) and their weak incandescence can only be observed at night.

Number of measurements: 2
Measurement date (d/m/y) Added by Added on
Ol Doinyo Lengai_080619948/6/1994 Emanuela Bagnato Oct. 2, 2014
Ol Doinyo Lengai_1506199415/6/1994 Emanuela Bagnato Oct. 2, 2014

Bibliographic references for this site

Koepenick K.W. , S . L. Brantley, J. M. Thompson, G.L. Rowe, A.A.Nyblade, C. Moshy, 1996,Volatile emissions from the crater and flank of Oldoinyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania, Journal of Geophysical Research, vol.101, n.B6, pp. 13819-1383

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