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TitleLe Puy de la Vache, near Clermont-Ferrand, France
DescriptionThe Massif Central in the center of France (Auvergne region), contains a range of volcanoes made up of the Monts Dome (1465 meters at the Puy de Dome) and the Monts Dore (1886 meters at the Puy de Sancy). Eruptions included both Peleean (involving the formation and collapse of lava domes) and Strombolian (lava fountains and ejection of cinders, lapilli, blocks and bombs). The last eruptions were about 4,000 years ago. The region includes a variety of volcanic landforms today. Locally, steep sided volcanoes are called puy (“pwee”). Classic cinder cones with large summit craters, such as the Puy de La Vache seen here, are common.
Geologic provinceMassif Central
LocationFrance ▹ Auvergne. Near Clermont-Ferrand.
PhotographerDexter Perkins. 1990.
Key wordscinder cone, scoria, Puy de la Vache, Auvergne, France
Tech details271 KB. Vista. Canon FTQL.
GeoDIL number2745