Ol Doinyo Eburru Volcano | John Seach



0.63 S, 36.23 E
summit elevation 2856 m
Complex volcano

Ol Doinyo Eburru Volcano is located 8 km NW of Lake Naivasha in central Kenya. The volcano is located in one of the least stable parts of the Kenyan Rift Valley.

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Ol Doinyo Eburru Volcano from Lake Naivasha 2008

Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha, Kenya 2008

Ol Doinyo Eburro volcano, Kenya
Ol Doinyo Eburru Volcano from Lake Naivasha 2008

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Driving torards Lake Naivasha, Kenya 2008

It is part of a group of volcanoes forming the Kenya Some - Suswa, Longonot, Olkaria, Eburru, Elmenteita, and Menengai.

The volcanic complex at Ol Doinyo Eburru consists of an east-west trending ridge with an area of 470 sq km and a maximum height of 2850 m. The volcano has two summit peaks - Eburru hill in the east and West hill. There are three topographic features at the volcano - western Eburru, eastern Eburru, and Waterloo ridge.

There are numerous steam jets, fumaroles, and solfatara along recent faults. The volcano formed by trachytic and pantelleritic lava flows. Eburru is separated to the south from Olkaria volcano by the Akira plains.

Eburru geothermal area has an area of 2 sq km and could support a 20 MW power station.

Further reading
Ren, M., Omenda, P.A., Anthony, E.Y., White, J.C., Macdonald, R. and Bailey, D.K., 2006. Application of the QUILF thermobarometer to the peralkaline trachytes and pantellerites of the Eburru volcanic complex, East African Rift, Kenya. Lithos91(1-4), pp.109-124.

Ol Doinyo Eburru Volcano Eruptions

There have been no recorded eruptions during historical times.