VHP Photo Glossary: More images of cinder cones

Red Cones, Long Valley Caldera, California

Photograph by C.D. Miller in 1982

Red Cones, Long Valley Caldera, California.

This cone is one of two cinder cones called the Red Cones, located about 5 km south of Mammoth Mountain volcano and Long Valley Caldera in California. These basaltic cones and associated lava flows were erupted about 5,000 years ago.


Cinder cone on Mount Etna, Italy

Photograph by J. Lowenstern

Mount Etna, Italy

This cinder cone on the flank of Mount Etna is surrounded by a younger basaltic lava flow.


Tavurvur cinder cone, Rabaul Caldera, Papua New Guinea

Photograph by A. Lockhart in October 1994

Tavurvur, Rabaul Caldera, Papua New Guinea.

A small explosion from Tavurvur sends an eruption column into the sky a few weeks after it began erupting on September 19, 1994. Lava erupted from the cone in October 1996 and flowed through the breach in the crater (left center). Tavurvur is one of two active cinder cones located on the margins of Rabaul Caldera (for summary of recent activity, see activity reports from the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program).


Cinder cone erupting within Mount Veniaminof, Alaska

Photograph by B.Y. Yount on 24 January 1984

Mount Veniaminof, Alaska.

Steam rises from the cinder cone within the caldera of Mount Veniaminof in the final stages of an eruption in 1983-1984. Lava flows that spilled down the side of the cone (dark areas) melted a pit in the summit ice cap about 2.3 x 1 km in dimension.