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The shishaldin

The shishaldin

height 2857  m
location Unimak Island , Aleutian Islands
Mountains Aleutian chain
Coordinates 54 ° 45 '18 "  N , 163 ° 58' 12"  W Coordinates: 54 ° 45 '18 "  N , 163 ° 58' 12"  W.
Shishaldin (Alaska)
Type Stratovolcano
Last eruption 2020

The Shishaldin is a stratovolcano and is located almost in the center of Unimak Island in the Eastern Aleutian Islands . The closest village is False Pass , 32 km northeast of the volcano.

Summit height and name

The symmetrical cone reaches a height of 2857  m , making it the highest peak in the island chain. The original name Sisquk was given to the volcano by the indigenous people of the Aleutians and means "the mountain that shows me the way when I get lost"


Eruption in April 1999

A small summit crater constantly produces a small but intense cloud of steam and a little ash every now and then. No less than 24 parasitic craters sit on its flanks.

Shishaldin is one of the most active volcanoes in the Alëuten arches with at least 27 eruptions since 1775. The last eruption phase took place in 2020. The outbreaks are often explosive, but Strombolian activity also occurs. The flank craters have produced numerous lava flows .

natural reserve

In 1967 the Shishaldin was designated as a National Natural Landmark .

See also

Individual evidence

Shishaldin in the light of a sunset
  1. GVP ; downloaded on May 21, 2013
  2. National Natural Landmark: Shishaldin Volcano on

Web links

Commons : Mount Shishaldin  - collection of images, videos and audio files