Batur Lake and Volcano

Batur lake and volcano

Buahan village, Lake Batur, Kintamani, Bali
Country: Indonesia
Subregion Name: Lesser Sunda Islands
Volcano Number: 0604-01=
Volcano Type: Caldera
Volcano Status: Historical
Last Known Eruption: 2000
Summit Elevation: 1717 m 5,633 feet
Latitude: 8.242°S 8°14’30"S
Longitude: 115.375°E 115°22’30"E

Batur is the most active volcano on the popular tourist island of Bali and one of Indonesia’s more active ones. During the past centuries, Batur has had a number of small eruptions every few years.

The volcano is located at the center of two concentric calderas NW of Agung volcano. The outer 10 x 13.5 km wide caldera was formed during eruption of the Bali (or Ubud) Ignimbrite about 29,300 years ago and now contains a caldera lake on its SE side, opposite the satellitic cone of 2152-m-high Gunung Abang, the topographic high of the Batur complex.
The inner 6.4 x 9.4 km wide caldera was formed about 20,150 years ago during eruption of the Gunungkawi Ignimbrite. The SE wall of the inner caldera lies beneath Lake Batur; Batur cone has been constructed within the inner caldera to a height above the outer caldera rim. The 1717-m-high Batur stratovolcano has produced vents over much of the inner caldera, but a NE-SW fissure system has localized the Batur I, II, and III craters along the summit ridge.

Historical eruptions have been characterized by mild-to-moderate explosive activity sometimes accompanied by lava emission. Basaltic lava flows from both summit and flank vents have reached the caldera floor and the shores of Lake Batur in historical time.

Volcano Discovery
GVP, Smithsonian Institution

Canon EOS 50D + EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, HITECH Filters GND + HOYA NDX400


One response to “Batur Lake and Volcano

  1. Hello, I have just stumbled across your photo’s and website after doing extensive research on Batur Lake and Volcano, in Bali.
    I love everything about nature and photography is a great part of my life, and your photo’s are absolutely stunning.
    I plan on taking a holiday next year and have not traveled to Bali, I am not interested in tourist hot spots as I don’t like crowds, but Kintamani, Papuan, and Kendisan all look beautiful with views of rice fields and mountains, would enjoy hearing from you if you have time.
    regards Sue

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