Galápagos Rift

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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 0.792°N
  • 86.15°W

  • -2430 m
    -7970 ft

  • 334070
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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
1996 ± 6 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Historical Observations
1972 Jun 29 ± 1 days Unknown Confirmed   Historical Observations Galápagos Rift (Clambake vent area)

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.

Chadwick W W Jr, Embley R W, 1994. Lava flows from a mid-1980s submarine eruption of the Cleft segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge. J Geophys Res, 99: 4761-4776.

Corliss J B, Dymond J, Gordon L I, Edmond J M, Von Herzen R P, Ballard R D, Green K, Williams D, Bainbridge A,, 1979. Submarine thermal springs on the Galapagos rift. Science, 203: 1073-1083.

Macdonald K C, Mudie J D, 1974. Microearthquakes on the Galapagos spreading centre and the seismicity of fast-spreading ridges. Geophys J Roy Astron Soc, 36: 245-257.

Shannk T M, Hammond S, Fornari D, Waller R, Ding K, Seyfried W, Butterfield D, Lilley M D, Perfit M, 2002. Time-series exploration and biological, geological, and geochemical characterization of the Rosebud and Calyfield hydrothermal vent fields at 86° W and 89.5° W on the Galapagos Rift (abs). Eos, Trans Amer Geophys Union, 83: 1336.

The E-W-trending Galápagos Rift, an oceanic spreading ridge between the Cocos plate to the north and the Nazca plate to the south, is located north of the Galápagos Islands. A large area of hydrothermal vents along the crest of the ridge ENE of the Galápagos Islands was discovered in 1977. The location listed here is the position of Clambake vent, which was surrounded by very youthful sediment-free flows of basaltic sheet lava. This position is at the northern limit of the location error circle for a 1972 earthquake swarm and only a few km south of a concurrent fish kill (Macdonald & Mudie, 1974) that may have been associated with extrusion of these young flows. Morphology of the flows suggested that they were less than 5 years old (Chadwick and Embley, 1994). The Galápagos Rift at this point consists of a small rift valley 3-4 km wide with walls 200-250 m high. A low axial ridge formed by the youngest sediment-free lava flows rises about 20 m above the valley floor, flanked by older marginal ridges. A 2002 expedition discovered evidence for new lava flows covering markers emplaced in 1990.