The North Island of Lake Turkana is deserted summit of dormant volcano. The island consists of several volcanic tuff cones, it is 2 km long, rises up to 220 m high above the lake level.

This island is crossed by a fault line – Turkana Rift – in north-east – south-west direction. In the southern part of the island, there are observed hot springs and steam vents, fumaroles, and solfataras.

In 2004 here was described also a geyser. Since then there have been no reports about geyser activity here.

North Island Geyser is included in the following list:

Geysers of Africa

Geysers of Africa


  1. T. Scott Bryan, The Geysers of Yellowstone, fourth edition. 2008. Boulder.
North Island Geyser on the map
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Location, GPS coordinates: 4.0562 N 36.0457 E (possible mistake up to 1 km)
Categories: Thermal springs, Geysers (extinct?)
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: 1.5 out of 10 stars
Where is located? Africa, Kenya, Rift Valley Province, Lake Turkana, southern part of Northern Island

Landmarks of Kenya

Mount Kenya, Kenya
Mount Kenya / , / CC BY-SA 2.0
Kenya has very diverse natural and cultural heritage with some truly unique monuments. Among the highlights of the country should be mentioned remnants of the very first humans, the exciting “islands” of biodiversity – remnants of ancient tropical rainforest on isolated mountain ranges and the old coastal cities and villages,


Lake Bogoria, geyser and flamingos
Lake Bogoria, geyser and flamingos / , Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Hasty hydrogeologist would say: geysers are thermodynamically and hydrodynamically unstable hot springs. “Normal” people would say – geysers are hot springs which at more or less regular intervals shoot up a fountain of boiling water and steam. Sometimes these fountains are even 100 m tall… or even 450 m!

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Geological Atlas of Africa

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