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| The snow-covered caldera of Nemrut Dagi
(photo by E. Turri)   <click to enlarge>

Nemrut Dagi
    9629 ft (2935 m) .
Location: Eastern Turkey, west of Lake Van
Lat / Long: 38.7° N, 42.0° E
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano with caldera
Volcanic Status: Dormant, last eruption 1692
First Ascent:
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: about 4000 ft (1200 m)



Nemrut Dagi is a great caldera at the western end of Lake Van, the collapsed remnant of a once much-taller stratovolcano. (It should not be confused with the "other" Nemrut Dagi, an archaeological site in southern Turkey which is now famous for its large carved stone heads.) An ancient eruption and lava flow from this Nemrut Dagi formed Lake Van by damming a river, and thousands of years of evaporation from the lake (which has no outlet, but numerous inlet rivers and streams) has concentrated the minerals in the entering water, making the lake extremely alkaline and saline. The present caldera of Nemrut is 5 miles (8 km) in diameter, with a lake occupying the western third and numerous lava flows and domes (plus a couple more tiny lakes) covering the rest. The high point on the north rim of the caldera is about 2300 ft (700 m) above the surface of the main crater lake, Lake Nemrut. A dirt road leading from the highway beside Lake Van up the northeast side of the volcano provides the best access to the summit and to the interior of the caldera itself.



More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


Topographic map of Nemrut Dagi (1:250,000 scale) from
    Joint Operations Graphic Map NJ 38-5
    <click to enlarge>




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