Mawson Peak of Big Ben

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Mawson Peak with lava lake in June 2014
Mawson Peak with lava lake in June 2014. / USGS, LandsatLook / public domain
Big Ben massif is an active volcano. Its last eruption took place in 2008, but there have been many more eruptions over the last decades. As this is a very remote location, most of these eruptions have been fixed only by satellites from space.

The tallest part – Mawson Peak – is the highest mountain in the territory of Australia (2,745 m). Mountain is covered with ice. 14 glaciers flow from Big Ben to all directions. Satellite data shows that there might be located lava lake with a diameter of 100 – 150 m.

Mawson Peak, Heard Island
Mawson Peak, Heard Island. / laikolosse, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Mawson Peak is included in the following article:

Lava lakes of the world

Lava lakes of the world in 2019
Lava lakes of the world in 2019 / Wondermondo / public domain
In October 2019 we have seven existing lava lakes on Earth. Three more existed for a longer time in the recent past. Besides this, since the year 2000 short-lived lava lakes and lava ponds existed in 11 more places. Wondermondo has listed them all in this article.

Location, GPS coordinates: 53.1033 S 73.5165 E
Categories: Volcanoes, Lakes and streams
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Where is located? Antarctic and Sub-antarctic region, Australia, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Heard Island

Mawson Peak of Big Ben on the map

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