Tatun Volcano Group

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Chihsingshan, the highest peak of the Tatun volcanoes, has a height of 1120 m.

Tatun Volcanoes (Chinese: 大屯火山群; pinyin: Dàtún Huǒshān Qún), a volcanic group of volcanoes located in northern Taiwan, is located 15 km[1] north of Taipei, and lies to the west of Keelung. It just adjoins the northern coast of the Taiwan island. The volcano group was a result of episodic volcanism between 2.8 and 0.2 Ma.[2] As of 2005, some hydrothermal activity was occurring and gas fumaroles were active among these volcanoes.[2] Observations on Tatun Volcano Group suggest that magma chambers probably still exist under the land surface of northern Taiwan.[3]


The north of the island is where evidence of volcanic activity is most obvious. In the early 20th century, the North Range of hills, also called Daitonzan from Japanese or Twa-tun from Hokkien, was recognized as having an abundance of sulfur deposits.[4] There were three craters in the North Range between Tamsui and Kimpauli (approx. modern-day Jinshan). The North hill crater, over 210 metres (700 ft) in diameter and about 120 metres (400 ft) deep, was the most extensive and was sometimes filled with water.[5]

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  1. ^ Lin, C. H.; K. I. Konstantinou; W. T. Liang; H. C. Pu; Y. M. Lin; S. H. You; Y. P. Huang (2005). "Preliminary analysis of volcanoseismic signals recorded at the Tatun Volcano Group, northern Taiwan". Geophysical Research Letters. 32 (10): L10313. Bibcode:2005GeoRL..3210313L. doi:10.1029/2005GL022861. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  2. ^ a b Kim, Kwang-Hee; Chien-Hsin Chang; Kuo-Fong Ma; Jer-Ming Chiu; Kou-Cheng Chen (2005). "Modern Seismic Observations in the Tatun Volcano Region of Northern Taiwan: Seismic/Volcanic Hazard Adjacent to the Taipei Metropolitan Area". Terrestrial, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. 16: 579–594. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  3. ^ "大屯火山群潛在岩漿庫及微震觀測網長期監測計畫". Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  4. ^ Davidson, James W. (1903). The Island of Formosa, Past and Present. London and New York: Macmillan. p. 495. OCLC 1887893. OL 6931635M. 
  5. ^ Davidson 1903, p. xxiii.

Coordinates: 25°10′17″N 121°33′18″E / 25.17139°N 121.55500°E / 25.17139; 121.55500