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  • Canada
  • Canada
  • Complex
  • 410 BCE
  • Country
  • Subregion Name
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 50.63°N
  • 123.5°W

  • 2680 m
    8790 ft

  • 320180
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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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
0410 BCE ± 200 years Unknown Confirmed 5 Radiocarbon (corrected) NE flank of Plinth Peak

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.

Clague J J, Evans S G, Rampton V N, Woodsworth G J, 1995. Improved age estimates for the White River and Bridge River tephras, western Canada. Can J Earth Sci, 32: 1172-1179.

Green N L, Armstrong R L, Harakal J E, Souther J G, Read P B, 1988. Eruptive history and K-Ar geochronology of the late Cenozoic Garibaldi volcanic belt, southwestern British Columbia. Geol Soc Amer Bull, 100: 563-579.

Hickson C J, Russell J K, Stasiuk M V, 1999. Volcanology of the 2350 B.P. eruption of Mount Meager volcanic complex, British Columbia, Canada: implications for hazards form eruptions in topographically complex terrain. Bull Volc, 60: 489-507.

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

Hildreth W E, 2007. Quaternary magmatism in the Cascades--geologic perpectives. U S Geol Surv Prof Pap, 1744: 1-125.

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..

Lewis T J, Souther J G, 1978. Meager Mountain, B.C.- A possible geothermal energy resource. Energy Mines Resour Can, Geotherm Ser, 9: 1-17.

Michol K A, Russel J K, Andrews G D M, 2008. Welded block and ash flow deposits from Mount Meager, British Columbia, Canada. J Volc Geotherm Res, 169: 121-144.

Nasmith H, Mathews W H, Rouse G E, 1967. Bridge River ash and some other Recent ash beds in British Columbia. Can J Earth Sci, 4: 163-170.

Read P B, 1977. Meager Creek volcanic complex, southwestern British Columbia. Geol Surv Can Pap, 77-1A: 277-285.

Read P B, 1978. Meager Creek geothermal area. Geol Surv Can, Open-File 603, 1:20,000 geol map and text.

Read P B, 1990. Mount Meager complex, Garibaldi belt, southwestern British Columbia. Geosci Can, 17: 167-170.

Souther J G, 1977a. Volcanism and tectonic environments in the Canadian Cordillera, a second look. Geol Assoc Can Spec Pap, 16: 3-24.

Souther J G, 1977b. Volcano fly-by. Geol Assoc Can 1977 Ann Mtg, Vancouver, Fieldtrip Guidebook 16, 15 p.

Stasiuk M V, Russell J K, Hickson C J, 1994. Influence of magma chemistry on eruption behavior from the distribution and nature of the 2400 B.P. eruption products of Mount Meager, British Columbia. Geol Surv Can Open-File, 2843: 1-38 and 1:50,000 geol map.

Wood C A, Kienle J (eds), 1990. Volcanoes of North America. Cambridge, England: Cambridge Univ Press, 354 p.

Mount Meager volcanic complex of Pliocene-to-Holocene age forms a dissected andesitic-to-rhyodacitic stratovolcano with multiple eroded summit lava domes and volcanic necks. Mount Meager lies in the Garibaldi volcanic belt and is the northernmost volcano of the Cascade volcanic arc that extends down to northern California. The summit of the complex consists of overlapping piles of andesitic lava flows and younger dacitic lava domes and flows. Quaternary basalts underlying the uppermost 22 km of the Elaho valley originated at the 1375 m level in the South Fork Meager River. The most recent activity from the Meager volcanic complex about 2350 years ago produced Canada's largest known Holocene explosive eruption and an associated welded block-and-ash flow and a lava flow from a vent on the NE flank of Plinth Peak. Two clusters of hot springs occur within the complex, which has been investigated for potential geothermal power.