Vulcan's Throne

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Vulcan's Throne
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Highest point
Elevation 5,102 ft (1,555 m)  NGVD 29[1]
Coordinates 36°13′08″N 113°04′39″W / 36.2188701°N 113.0774265°W / 36.2188701; -113.0774265Coordinates: 36°13′08″N 113°04′39″W / 36.2188701°N 113.0774265°W / 36.2188701; -113.0774265[2]
Vulcan's Throne is located in Arizona
Vulcan's Throne
Vulcan's Throne
Location Grand Canyon National Park
Mohave County, Arizona. U.S.
Topo map USGS Vulcans Throne
Age of rock 73,000 years[3]
Mountain type cinder cone
Volcanic field Uinkaret volcanic field

Vulcan's Throne is a cinder cone volcano and a prominent landmark on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States.[4] Vulcan's Throne, about a mile (1.7 km) west of Toroweap overlook, is part of the Uinkaret volcanic field.[3] The journals of traveler George Corning Fraser record a trip to the summit of Vulcan's Throne in 1914. At the time, the surrounding area was used for sheep grazing, and a small reservoir had been constructed at the base of the volcano.[5] Fraser wrote that

Vulcan's Throne is a pure cinder cone covered with scoriae, cinders, clinkers and peperino lying loose on the surface, with a slope, as near as I could measure, from 28° to 31°. A little sage, many cacti and perhaps some other similar low plants grow on it, but otherwise nothing. Climbing it was like ascending a sand-dune. Every step forward involved slipping half way back and boots were soon filled with painful bits of stone.

— George Corning Fraser, 17 July 1914, Journeys in the Canyon Lands of Utah and Arizona, 1914 - 1916, pp 25-26

The cinder cone was formed during the Quaternary Period, and is cut by recent movement on the Toroweap Fault.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Vulcans Throne, Arizona". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  2. ^ "Vulcans Throne". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  3. ^ a b "Uinkaret Field". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2007-05-23.
  4. ^ Wood, Charles A.; Jűrgen Kienle (1993). Volcanoes of North America. Cambridge University Press. pp. 277–278. ISBN 0-521-43811-X.
  5. ^ Fraser, George Corning (2005). Frederick H. Swanson, ed. Journeys in the Canyon Lands of Utah and Arizona, 1914 - 1916. University of Arizona Press. p. 25. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ "America's Volcanic Past: Arizona". U.S. Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 16 June 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2013. Vulcan's Throne, a Quaternary cinder cone on the rim of the Canyon is cut by recent fault movement on the Toroweap fault.

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