Atlin Volcanic Field

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  • Canada
  • Canada
  • Cinder cone(s)
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  • 59.68°N
  • 133.32°W

  • 1880 m
    6166 ft

  • 320030
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Summary of eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1898 Nov 8 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    

The following references are the sources used for data regarding this volcano. References are linked directly to our volcano data file. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title. Additional discussion of data sources can be found under Volcano Data Criteria.

Aitken J D, 1959. Atlin map-area, British Columbia. Geol Surv Can Mem, 307: 1-89.

Edwards B R, Hamilton T S, Nicholls J, Stout M Z, Russell J K, Simpson K, 1996. Late Tertiary to Quaternary volcanism in the Atlin area, northwestern British Columbia. Geol Surv Can, Current Res 1996-A: 29-36.

Edwards B R, Russell J K, Anderson R G, Harder M, 2003. Overview of Neogene to Recent volcanism in the Atlin volcanic district, Northern Cordilleran province, northwestern British Columbia. Geol Surv Canada, Current Res, 2003-A8: 1-6.

Harder M, Russell J K, 2007. Basanite glaciovolcanism at Llangorse Mountain, northern British Columbia, Canada. Bull Volc, 69: 329-340.

Hickson C J, Edwards B R, 2001. Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards in Canada. In; Brooks G R (ed) {A Synthesis of Geological Hazards in Canada}, Geol Surv Can Bull, 548: 1-248.

Hickson C J, Soos A, Wright R, 1994. Catalogue of Canadian volcanoes. Geol Surv Canada Open-File Rpt.

Holland S S, 1976. Landforms of British Columbia, a physiographic outline. Brit Columbia Dept Mines Petrol Resour Bull, 48: 1-138 (2nd printing).

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

A group of late-Pleistocene to Holocene cinder cones lies on the Teslin Plateau in NW-most British Columbia, east of Atlin Lake. The largest volcanic feature is 1880-m-high Ruby Mountain (named for the brilliantly colored tephra deposits at its summit and flanks), which has been partially dissected by Pleistocene and post-Wisconsin glaciation. Two basaltic cinder cones at the heads of Cracker and Volcanic Creeks lie within glacially dissected U-shaped valleys and were considered to be of postglacial age (Edwards et al., 1996). Placer miners working in the region at the end of the 19th century reported an eruption from the Ruby Mountain area about 80 km south of Gladys Lake (Hickson et al., 1994; Edwards et al., 1996) during which ashfall was reported for several days and the miners were able to work at nights due to incandescent glow from the eruption. No field evidence has been found, however, for a volcanic cone or lava flow in the Atlin area young enough to have been the product of an historical eruption, and the report is considered uncertain.