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North Island Geyser, Lake Turkana

WorldBlue  In short

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.

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GPS coordinates
4.0562 N 36.0457 E (possible mistake up to 1 km)
Location, address
Africa, Kenya, Rift Valley Province, Lake Turkana, southern part of Northern Island
Thermal springs, Geysers (extinct?)

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WorldYellow In detail

This island is crossed by a fault line – Turkana Rift – in the 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 one geyser. Since then there have been no reports about geyser activity here.


  1. T. Scott Bryan, The Geysers of Yellowstone, fourth edition. 2008. Boulder.

North Island Geyser is included in the following article:

WorldYellow Linked articles

Geysir and Strokkur erupting simultaneously, June 1984
Geysir and Strokkur erupting simultaneously, June 1984 / Roger Goodman, Flickr.CC BY-SA 2.0.


Hasty hydrogeologists would say: geysers are thermodynamically and hydrodynamically unstable hot springs. “Normal” people would say – geysers are hot springs that 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!

Three Sisters Springs, Florida
Three Sisters Springs / corvettediver, / CC BY-SA 2.0


Powerful natural freshwater springs belong to the most fascinating monuments of nature. Even more exciting is the diversity of unusual springs – mineral springs, hot springs, submarine springs as well as the unusual black smokers. Especially beautiful are such natural rarities as travertine, silica, or salt terraces created by warm and hot springs and, especially, geysers.

Mount Kenya, Kenya
Mount Kenya / , / CC BY-SA 2.0

Wonders of Kenya

Kenya has a very diverse natural and cultural heritage with some truly unique monuments. Among the highlights of the country that should be mentioned are remnants of the very first humans, the exciting “islands” of biodiversity – remnants of ancient tropical rainforests on isolated mountain ranges, and the old coastal cities and villages.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Geological Atlas of Africa

The aim was simple: to assimilate basic geological facts for each African country, in order to give the regional geologist a digestible starting point for future research. The book, which is printed in full color on high-quality, glossy paper, is in A4 format and organized into four chapters. … the book is very attractive to a wider audience and shouldn’t miss the office table community. The Geological Atlas of Africa is a worthwhile addition to the regional literature on African geology.

Geology of National Parks of Central/Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania

This book describes the interrelationship between the spectacular geology of an area of East Africa that includes a branch of the rift valley, as well as giant freestanding ice-capped mountains and extraordinarily toxic, alkaline lakes, and some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife on Earth. It suggests that geological processes that have shaped the iconic landforms, including active volcanoes, may also be responsible for the unusually diverse speciation which characterizes the region.

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