Nyiragongo Volcano - John Seach
Democratic Republic of Congo

1.52°S, 29.25°E
summit elevation 3470 m
Stratovolcano

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Nyiragongo volcano is one eight volcanoes in the Virunga Range, African Rift Valley. Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes are located at the western end of the range.

Nyiragongo volcano consists of three overlapping stratovolcanoes aligned in a N-S direction: Baruta (3100 m) to the north, Nyiragongo (3470 m) and Shaheru (2800 m) to the south. Each of these three volcanoes contains a summit pit crater. Nyiragongo volcano is one of the most famous volcanoes in Africa. It is noted for long active lava lakes which appear in the summit crater.

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Nyiragongo Volcano June 2011 - John Seach

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Shaheru - John Seach

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Nyiragongo expedition June 2011 - John Seach

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Nyiragongo crater - John Seach

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Nyiragongo Volcano

Nyiragongo volcano is noted for the lava lake which often appears in the summit crater. It is one of Africa's most notorious volcanoes, and has produced numerous destructive lava flows. A large and devastating eruption occurred in 2002.
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Visitors to the volcano are impressed by the beauty of the volcano, and fascinated by its lava lake, one of the greatest sights in volcanology.

The Virunga mountains stretch for about 80 km in an east west direction. The range lie across the African Rift Valley, a region where portions of the earth's crust are separating.

Lava flows from Nyiragongo volcano regularly reach Lake Kivu. Nyiragongo Volcano is located in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, north of the city of Goma. The summit of Nyiragongo contains a 1.2 km wide summit crater, which is flanked by two older volcanoes - Baruta and Shaheru.

An active lava lake was present in the summit crater of Nyiragongo volcano during summit climbs by John Seach in August 2008, and June 2011.

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