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Mount Erciyes, Kayseri

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Mount Erciyes (Turkish: Erciyes Dağı), also known as Argaeus, is a volcano in Turkey. It is a large stratovolcano surrounded by many monogenetic vents and lava domes, and one maar. The bulk of the volcano is formed by lava flows of andesitic and dacitic composition. At some time in the past, part of the summit collapsed towards the east.

The volcano began to form in the Miocene. At first, a volcano farther east named Koç Dağ formed from lava flows. Then, again to the east, large explosive eruptions formed a caldera. During the Pleistocene, Mount Erciyes proper grew inside the caldera together with a group of lava domes. Lateral eruptions of Erciyes may have generated ash layers in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean during the early Holocene.

The last eruptions occurred during the early Holocene and may have deposited ash as far away as Palestine; the occurrence of historical volcanism is uncertain. Future eruptions of Erciyes may endanger the nearby cities to the north. The volcano was glaciated during the Pleistocene. One regular glacier still exists, but is receding.
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  • Your skiing experience will definitely depend on the weather. One day the slope is great, another day the wind just blows all the snow out of it. On December and early January there wasn't a lot of.....  more »
  • Can smb advise if it is already open? Planning to go to Erciyes at the end of December. Apparently, web cams show empty slopes and unprepared little snow.  more »
  • Great mountain and ski facilities. Hotels, shops and "telefriks". I like it especially the new mosque located on the main road to complete the uniqueness location. (the mosque need more maintenance). Summit height # 3860 m Ski Village height # 2200 m
  • What a beautiful view of the mountain where the snow is missing from the top.

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