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Volcanoes of the World: Large Holocene Eruptions from the Global Volcanism Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Entry ID: GVP_Holocene_Volcanoes

Abstract: The following information was abstracted from the Global Volcanism
Program, Volcanoes of the World: Large Holocene Eruptions at:

This file contains a list that includes known large-volume Holocene explosive
eruptions with a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 4 or larger. Note the
dating method codes before the dates (explained using a cursor rollover), and
pay particular attention to the distinction between corrected (G) and
uncorrected (C) radiocarbon dates. Also be aware of the uncertainties of the
dates themselves (including those with a "?" indicating an unknown, but
potentially large date uncertainty). "P" and "C" VEI codes refer to plinian or
caldera-forming eruptions, respectively, of large, but unknown magnitudes.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0
Max Altitude: 6887M

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Siebert L, Simkin T.
Dataset Title: Volcanoes of the World: an Illustrated Catalog of Holocene Volcanoes and their Eruptions
Dataset Series Name: Global Volcanism Program Digital Information Series
Dataset Release Date: 2003
Dataset Release Place: Washington, D.C.
Dataset Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
Issue Identification: GVP-3
Online Resource:
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 10,000 ybp
Paleo Stop Date: 0 ybp
Chrono Unit:
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.01 deg.
Longitude Resolution: 0.01 deg.
Vertical Resolution: 1 m
Quality This file lists more than 1500 volcanoes representing the Smithsonian
Institution's volcano data through 1998. Users of this data are
cautioned to note the varying useage of the word "volcano" and the
variable accuracy and certainty of techniques to determine their
age. The data are subject to change as new eruptions take place and
new geological and historical studies of older eruptions are
Use Constraints The Smithsonian Institution, Global Volcanism Program requests the
following when these data are used:

1) Please let us (Global Volcanism Program) know of corrections or
additions (with references or reprints if possible) that will help us
improve the data file.

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Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: GVP_Holocene_Volcanoes

Data Center Personnel
Contact Address:
Global Volcanism Program
Smithsonian Institution
City: Washington
Province or State: DC
Postal Code: 20560
Country: USA
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 204KB
Distribution Format: HTML
Fees: NONE
Email: gsfc-gcmduso at
Simkin, T., and Siebert, L., 1994, Volcanoes of the World, 2nd edition:
Geoscience Press in association with the Smithsonian Institution Global
Volcanism Program, Tucson AZ, 368 p., 33 illustrations, 50 color maps.
Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24