Pico Basilé

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Pico Basilé
Pico de Santa Isabel
Pico Basilé is located in Bioko
Pico Basilé
Pico Basilé
Pico Basilé is located in Equatorial Guinea
Pico Basilé
Pico Basilé
Location of Pico Basilé in Bioko
Highest point
Elevation 3,011 m (9,879 ft) [1]
Prominence 3,011 m (9,879 ft) [1]
Ranked 90th
Isolation 83 kilometres (52 mi)
Listing Country high point
Coordinates 3°35′00″N 8°46′00″E / 3.58333°N 8.76667°E / 3.58333; 8.76667Coordinates: 3°35′00″N 8°46′00″E / 3.58333°N 8.76667°E / 3.58333; 8.76667[1]
Location Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
Mountain type Shield volcano
Last eruption 1923

Pico Basilé (formerly Pico de Santa Isabel), located on the island of Bioko, is the tallest mountain of Equatorial Guinea. With an altitude of 9,878 ft (3,011 m), it is the summit of the largest and highest of three overlapping basaltic shield volcanoes which form the island. From the summit, Mt. Cameroon can be seen to the northeast. Pico Basilé lies close to the city of Malabo.

Bioko was formed along the Cameroon line, a major northeast-trending geologic fault that runs from the Atlantic Ocean into Cameroon. This line includes other volcanic islands in the Gulf of Guinea such as Annobón, Príncipe and São Tomé, along with the massive stratovolcano of Mount Cameroon.

Flora and Fauna[edit]

Part of the Cameroon line, the flora and fauna of Pico Basilé and Bioko as a whole are similar to that of the montane regions of adjacent Cameroon and Nigeria. Multiple range restricted species occur on Pico Basilé, and one bird, the Bioko Speirops Zoterops brunneus, is wholly restricted to the volcano's higher elevations.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Africa Ultra-Prominences". Peaklist.org. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  2. ^ Pérez del Val, Jaime 1996. Las Aves de Bioko, Guinea Ecuatorial: Guia de Campo. Edilesa, Léon, Spain.