Baker

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  • 48.777°N
  • 121.813°W

  • 3285 m
    10775 ft

  • 321010
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There are no activity reports for Baker.



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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
[ 1884 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Sherman Crater
1880 Sep 7 1880 Nov 27 Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Sherman Crater
1870 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Sherman Crater
[ 1869 Jun ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Sherman Crater
[ 1867 Mar ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Sherman Crater
[ 1865 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Sherman Crater
1863 Jul Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Sherman Crater
[ 1860 Dec ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Sherman Crater
1859 Nov 1860 Apr 26 (?) Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Sherman Crater
1858 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Sherman Crater
[ 1856 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Sherman Crater
1854 Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Sherman Crater
1852 Dec 1 ± 30 days 1853 Jan (?) Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Sherman Crater
[ 1850 Mar ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain     Sherman Crater
[ 1846 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    
1843 Unknown Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Sherman Crater
1820 (?) Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations
[ 1792 Jun ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain    
4550 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed 3 Radiocarbon (corrected) Sherman Crater?
7850 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) South flank (Schreibers Meadow Cone)

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.

Coombs H A, 1939. Mount Baker, a Cascade volcano. Geol Soc Amer Bull, 50: 1493-1510.

Coombs H A, Howard A D, 1960. United States of America. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 9: 1-68.

Frank D, 1983. Origin, distribution, and rapid removal of hydrothermally formed clay at Mount Baker, Washington. U S Geol Surv Prof Pap, 1022-E: 1-31.

Gardner C A, Scott K M, Miller C D, Myers B, Hildreth W, Pringle P T, 1995. Potential volcanic hazards from future activity of Mount Baker, Washington. U S Geol Surv Open-File Rpt, 95-498: 1-16.

Harris S L, 1988. Fire Mountains of the West: the Cascade and Mono Lake Volcanoes. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press, 379 p.

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

Hildreth W E, Fierstein J, Lanphere M, 2003. Eruptive history and chronology of the Mount Baker volcanic field, Washington. Geol Soc Amer Bull, 115: 729-764.

Hildreth W, Lanphere M A, Champion D E, Fierstein J, 2004. Rhyodacites of Kulshan caldera, North Cascades of Washington: postcaldera lavas that span the Jaramillo. J Volc Geotherm Res, 130: 227-264.

Hyde J H, Crandell D R, 1978. Postglacial volcanic deposits at Mount Baker, Washington, and potential hazards from future eruptions. U S Geol Surv Prof Pap, 1022-C: 1-17.

Majors H M (ed), 1978. Mount Baker: a Chronicle of its Historic Eruptions and First Ascent. Seattle: Northwest Press, 221 p.

Scott K M, Hildreth W E, Gardner C A, 2000. Mount Baker--living with an active volcano. U S Geol Surv Fact Sheet, 059-00: 1-4.

Tucker D S, Scott K M, 2009. Structures and facies associated with a flow of subaerial basaltic lava into a deep freshwater lake: the Sulphur Creek lava flow, North Cascades, Washington. J Volc Geotherm Res, 185: 311-322.

Werner C, Evans W C, Poland M, Tucker D S, Doukas M P, 2009. Long-term changes in quiescent degassing at Mount Baker volcano, Washington, USA; evidence for a stalled intrusion in 1975 and connection to a deep magma source. J Volc Geotherm Res, 186: 379-386.

Mount Baker, the northernmost of Washington's volcanoes, is a 3285-m-high glacier-clad andesitic stratovolcano constructed above the east flank of the eroded mid-Pleistocene Black Buttes volcano and SW of the early Pleistocene 4.5 x 8 km rhyodacitic Kulshan caldera. With the exception of the Schreibers Meadow cinder cone on the SE flank, which formed about 9800 years ago, Holocene volcanism has been confined to the central conduit. A major magmatic eruption at Mount Baker about 6500 years ago was the largest eruptive event at the volcano during the Holocene and was accompanied by a major collapse event that produced a lahars down the Nooksack drainage. Early settlers in the Puget Sound region as far away as Victoria, British Columbia observed 19th-century activity, all of which consisted of relatively minor phreatic eruptions. Sherman Crater, the historically active crater immediately south of the summit, has been the site of increased steam emission since 1975.