Katunga Volcano | John Seach



0.47 S, 30.18 E
summit elevation 1707 m
Tuff cone

Katunga volcano is located in SW Uganda, 40 km SE of Lake Edward.

Flows of katungite are only found at Katunga volcano. Katungite contains mainly biotite and augite.

The rock known as katungite was originally described as melilite-basalt or olivine-melilitite. Detailed investigation of the specimens from the two Katunga flows show they differ from olivine-melilite in being both potash-rich and free from augite; therefore a new name was used.

katungite = proto-katungite + biotite-pyroxenite (+ very little olivine).

Further reading
Higazy, Riad A. "Trace elements of volcanic ultrabasic potassic rocks of southwestern Uganda and adjoining part of the Belgian Congo." Geological Society of America Bulletin 65.1 (1954): 39-70.

Combe, A. D. "The Katunga volcano, south-west Uganda." Geological Magazine 74.5 (1937): 195-200.

Katunga Volcano Eruptions

No recent eruptions.