Virtual Volcano Vacation #99 WINNERS! – Karthala

3D-rendered satellite image by Google Earth

3D-rendered satellite image by Google Earth

Mount Karthala, Comoros, is one of two volcanoes that form Grand Comore Island off the coast of Africa.

Satellite image by Google Earth

Satellite image by Google Earth

As mentioned in a previous clue, this volcano is much like Mauna Loa. It’s a shield volcano that has created an island, with frequent gentle eruptions that often results in lava flowing into the sea. It is a large volcano, coming in at 2,361 meters (7,746 ft).

There seems to have been a slight change in the last few eruptions. Apparently one of the earlier eruptions changed the water plumbing around the caldera, and the last few eruptions have been phreatic rather than effusive. This has caused problems for the people living in the vicinity because water supplies have been contaminated with volcanic ash, rendering them unusable. This is especially problematic when it occurs during the dry season.

Despite these hazards, the volcano has become a popular tourist attraction. It can be be climbed in one day, although it is also possible to take the hike more slowly and camp near the summit overnight. The hike includes spectacular views and a walk through a cloud forest.

The volcano is frequently featured on Comoros stamps such as this:

1973 postage stamp commemorating the eruption of Karthala - image via mountainstamp.com

1973 postage stamp commemorating the eruption of Karthala – image via mountainstamp.com

You can see more on this page:

Last but not least, I took a moment to look to see if there were any legends about Karthala and came up with a surprising connection! Apparently, the place names make an appearance in the Book of Mormon as the location of treasure! While the subject is hotly debated by Church scholars, apparently there is increasing evidence indicating that Joseph Smith was indeed familiar with those places through tales about Captain William Kidd, the infamous pirate. The subject is a long one, if you’d like to read a bit more about it, check out this page:

Congratulations Granyia for finding Zolcanohead first, with Spike coming in second and Jesper and Glenn each picking up a point for a most successful hunt.  Thank you to all who played or followed along, and (from LI’l Volcanohead) a huge thanks to Jonet “Madame Zola” Greene for running this week’s challenge.  Come Monday, we celebrate a “century landmark” with our 100th new adventure at a new volcano.

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