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Volcanoes on Mindanao Island Near Lake Lanao, Philippines

7.8N 124.2E

November 2nd, 2010 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Philippines - August 27th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows part of Mindanao Island in the Philippines. The large, dark area towards the center is Lake Lanao. With a surface area of 340 km² (131 square miles), it is the largest lake on Mindanao, and the second largest lake in the Philippines.

A cluster of volcanic peaks can be observed to the southeast of the lake. These include Mount Ragang and the Latukan volcano. The former is a stratovolcano and the seventh highest mountain in the Philippines (due south of the lake, on the western end of the cluster of peaks).

Latukan volcano, on the other hand, is a potentially active stratovolcano in the centre of a chain of young East-to-West trending stratovolcanoes in NW Mindanao.

Mount Malindang on Mindanao, Philippines – May 12th, 2010

8.2N 123.6E

May 12th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Volcanoes

Philippines - April 28th, 2010

Philippines - April 28th, 2010

Mount Malindang, visible below the center of the right side of this image, is a potentially active stratovolcano located in the province of Misamis Occidental in the southern island of Mindanao, Philippines.

The volcano was formed by a series of volcanic activities indicated by the presence of a crater lake (Lake Duminagat), depressions surrounded by high rock walls, cinder cones, dome volcano plugs, T amphitheater structures, extensive distribution of volcanic rocks, carbonized wood found in pyroclastic deposits and two sulfurous hot springs.

Mountains of Mindanao Island, Philippines

7.8N 124.8E

April 23rd, 2010 Category: Mountains

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Mindanao is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also one of the three island groups in the country, along with Luzon and Visayas. The island group of Mindanao encompasses Mindanao island itself and the Sulu Archipelago to the southwest. The island group is divided into six regions, which are further subdivided into 25 provinces.

The mountains of Mindanao include both complex structural mountains and volcanoes. Paralleling the east coast, from Bilas Point in Surigao del Norte to Cape Agustin in southeast Davao, is a range of complex mountains known in their northern portion as the Diwata Mountains. This range is low and rolling in its central portion.

The east-facing coastal regions of Davao and Surigao del Sur are marked by a series of small coastal lowlands separated from each other by rugged forelands which extend to the water’s edge. Offshore are numerous coral reefs and tiny islets.

Mindanao, the Second Largest Island in the Philippines – April 1st, 2010

7.8N 124.8E

April 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Philippines - March 5th, 2010

Mindanao is the easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also one of the three island groups in the country, along with Luzon and Visayas. Mindanao is surrounded by seas: the Sulu Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the south.

Mindanao is the second largest island in the country at 94,630 square kilometers, and is the eighth most populous island in the world. The island of Mindanao is larger than 125 countries worldwide, including the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Czech Republic, Hungary, Taiwan and Ireland.

The island is mountainous, and is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country. Of all the islands of the Philippines, Mindanao and Borneo show the greatest variety of physiographic development. High, rugged, faulted mountains, almost isolated volcanic peaks, high rolling plateaus, and broad, level, swampy plains are found there.

Balatukan Stratovolcano on Mindanao Island, Philippines – February 22nd, 2010

8.7N 124.9E

February 22nd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

Philippines - January 26th, 2010

Philippines - January 26th, 2010

Balatukan is a massive potentially active compound stratovolcano in the southern island of Mindanao, Philippines. Balatukan is located halfway between Cagayan de Oro City and Butuan City, west of Gingoog Bay, on the north coast of the province of Misamis Oriental.

Balatukan is a stratovolcano with a listed elevation asl of 2450 metres (Smithsonian), or 2560 metres (Phivolcs). It is  be densely forested within its own peninsula jutting north into the Bohol Sea (upper left quadrant).

The age of latest eruption has not been determined, although some lava flows on the sides of the cone are Pleistocene. Balatukan displays extensive erosion, evident from its sides in this orthorectified image.