Datong Volcano | John Seach



40.00 N, 113.28 E
summit elevation 1882 m
cinder cones

Datong volcano is located 265 km west of Beijing, and 3 km NE of Datong City at Xigelaoshan. The volcano consists of six cones in the Sanggan River Valley. The volcano covers 60 sq km and the main cones are: Heishan (1,422 m), Jinshan (1,368 m), Langwoshan (1,028 m), Gelaoshan (1,276 m).

Datong volcano contains between 10 and 13 cinder cones composed of black, low viscosity olivine basalt. Hot gas has been reportrf at one of the cones.

Further eruptions
Zhang, H., Huang, Q., Zhao, G., Guo, Z. and Chen, Y.J., 2016. Three-dimensional conductivity model of crust and uppermost mantle at the northern Trans North China Orogen: Evidence for a mantle source of Datong volcanoes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters453, pp.182-192.

Yamamoto, Y., Tsunakawa, H., Shaw, J. and Kono, M., 2007. Paleomagnetism of the Datong monogenetic volcanoes in China: paleodirection and paleointensity during the middle to early Brunhes Chron. Earth, planets and space59(7), pp.727-746.

Datong Volcano Eruptions

450 AD?, 60,000 years ago, 340,000 years ago.