Trou aux Cerfs

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Trou aux Cerfs
A deep dormant crater volcano
Crater of Trou aux Cerfs
Highest point
Elevation605 m (1,985 ft)
Coordinates20°18′54″S 57°30′18″E / 20.31500°S 57.50500°E / -20.31500; 57.50500Coordinates: 20°18′54″S 57°30′18″E / 20.31500°S 57.50500°E / -20.31500; 57.50500
Trou aux Cerfs is located approx. in the centre of Mauritius
Trou aux Cerfs is located approx. in the centre of Mauritius
Trou aux Cerfs
Location in Mauritius
LocationCurepipe, Mauritius
Mountain typeDormant - Volcanic crater
Easiest routeCar/Walking

Trou aux Cerfs (also known as Murr's Volcano) is a dormant volcano with a well-defined cone and crater. It is 605 m (1,985 ft) high and located in Curepipe, Mauritius. The crater has been alternately described as 300[1] and 350 meters in diameter,[2] and is 80 meters deep.[2]

The crater was formed less than 2 million years ago in the second phase of volcanic activity that created Mauritius.[3]

According to experts, the volcano is currently dormant but could become active at any time within the next thousand years.[citation needed]

The crater is only accessible down a steep embankment which is considered dangerous. Water and silt have clogged the crater, making it even less accessible.


  1. ^ "Trou aux Cerfs". Mauritius UK Connection. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  2. ^ a b "Trou aux Cerfs volcano". Government of Mauritius. Archived from the original on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  3. ^ Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. pp. 390. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.