Mount Hagen (volcano)

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Mount Hagen
Highest point
Elevation 3,778 m (12,395 ft) [citation needed]
Prominence >900 m (3,000 ft)[citation needed]
Coordinates 5°45′S 144°2′E / 5.750°S 144.033°E / -5.750; 144.033
Location Western Highlands and Enga Provinces, Papua New Guinea
Parent range Hagen Mountains
Age of rock 210,000–380,000 years[1]
Mountain type Eroded stratovolcano
Last eruption ~ 210,000 years ago

Mount Hagen (German: Hagensberg), named after the German colonial officer Curt von Hagen (1859–1897), is the second highest volcano in Papua New Guinea and on the Australian continent, ranking behind only its neighbour Mount Giluwe which is roughly 35 kilometres (22 mi) to the south-west. It is located on the border between the Western Highlands and Enga Provinces, about 24 kilometres (15 mi) north-west of the city of Mount Hagen which is named after it.

Mount Hagen is an old stratovolcano which has been heavily eroded during several Pleistocene glaciations. The maximum extent of the glaciers on Hagen was less than half that on the much higher Mount Giluwe, covering an area of up to 50 km² (20 mi²) and extending down below 3,400 m (11,000 ft).[3]

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  1. ^ Löffler, E.; Mackenzie, D. E.; Webb, A. W. (1980). "Potassium-argon ages from some of the Papua New Guinea highlands volcanoes, and their relevance to Pleistocene geomorphic history". Journal of the Geological Society of Australia. 26 (7–8): 387–397. Bibcode:1979AuJES..26..387L. doi:10.1080/00167617908729105. 
  2. ^ "Hagen, Mount". GEOnet Names Server. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  3. ^ Mackenzie, D. E. (1985). "Giluwe and Hagen; glaciated volcanoes in the rain forests of western PNG". Volcano News. 19–20: 7. 

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