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Jabal al-Druze Volcanic Field in Southern Syria – May 16th, 2010

32.6N 36.7E

May 16th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Mountains, Volcanoes

Syria - April 28th, 2010

Syria - April 28th, 2010

The Jabal al-Druze volcanic field is an elevated volcanic region in Syria, in the As-Suwayda Governorate. It lies in the Haurun-Druze Plateau in the southwest of the country near the border with Jordan.

This volcanic field also lies within the northern part of the massive alkaline Harrat Ash Shamah (also known as Harrat Ash Shaam) volcanic field that extends from southern Syria to Saudi Arabia. The alkaline volcanic field consists of a group of 118 basaltic volcanoes active from the lower-Pleistocene to the Holocene.

The most prominent feature of this volcanic field is 1800m-high Jabal al-Druze,  also known as Jabal al-Arab (meaning Mountain of the Arabs). It stands out as a dark brown area in the center of the image.

The large southwestern plateau depression is filled by basaltic lava flows from volcanoes aligned in a northwest-southeast direction.

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