Emi Koussi Volcano | John Seach



19.80 N, 18.53 E
summit elevation 3415 m
Shield volcano

Emi Koussi volcano is located at SE end of the Tibesti Range forms the highest summit of the Sahara. The volcano contains three calderas. Emi Koussi has been described by astronauts as the easiest of all the Earth’s landmarks to identify from orbit.

Emi Koussi is a shield-like volcano 60-70 km diameter. The summit contains a caldera 11 x 15 km diameter. The most recent eruptions in the caldera produced three maars, and numerous cinder cones and lava flows.

Further reading
Gourgaud, A. and Vincent, P.M., 2004. Petrology of two continental alkaline intraplate series at Emi Koussi volcano, Tibesti, Chad. Journal of volcanology and geothermal research129(4), pp.261-290.

Grove, A.T., 1960. Geomorphology of the Tibesti region with special reference to western Tibesti. The Geographical Journal126(1), pp.18-27.

Emi Koussi Volcano Eruptions

No recent eruptions.