Mount Moffett

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Mount Moffett
Mount Moffett.jpg
Mount Moffett in 1990.
Highest point
Elevation3,924 ft (1,196 m) [1][2]
Prominence1,196 metres (3,924 ft)
Coordinates51°56′11″N 176°44′34″W / 51.93639°N 176.74278°W / 51.93639; -176.74278Coordinates: 51°56′11″N 176°44′34″W / 51.93639°N 176.74278°W / 51.93639; -176.74278[3]
Geography
Parent rangeAleutian Range
Topo mapUSGS Adak C-3
Geology
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruption1600 BCE (?) [4]

Mount Moffett is a mountainous stratovolcano that forms the summit of Adak Island of the Aleutian Islands in the U.S. state of Alaska. Its peak reaches 3,924 feet (1,196 m). It is heavily glaciated and is made primarily of high alumina basalt and andesite.[1] It has never had an eruption in recorded history. The southern flank of the mountain is assumed to be its youngest side.[1] In comparison to other Aleutian stratovolcanoes, Moffett is a small vent, characteristic of its mixed composition.

It was named by the U.S. Navy in 1936 for Rear Admiral William Adger Moffett.[3]

It has occasionally been skied with there once being a ski-lift on the lower portion.[2]

References[edit]

  • Terpening, Traveler T. (2010). Alaska. Bradt Travel Guides. ISBN 1-84162-298-2.
  • Wood, Charles Arthur Wood; Kienle, Jürgen (1992). Volcanoes of North America: United States and Canada. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-43811-X.
Footnotes
  1. ^ a b c Wood & Kienle, p. 25
  2. ^ a b Terpening, p. 393
  3. ^ a b "Mount Moffett". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  4. ^ "Moffett". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2014-02-13.