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Mount Erebus is the most southerly active volcano
in the world. It is 3,794 metres (12,448 ft) high
and situated on Ross Island, which also has three inactive
volcanoes. Mount Erebus was named by James Clark Ross in
1841 after one of his ships, the second highest but extinct
volcano on Ross Island was named Terror after the other
ship on his expedition (the other two inactive volcanoes
on Ross Island are Mount Terra Nova and Mount Bird).
Mount Erebus is notable for being one of the very few
active volcanoes on earth that has a permanent lava lake
in the winter in the right conditions it is possible to
see the glow from the lava lake against the sky.
Mount Erebus is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which
includes over 160 active volcanoes.
Mount Erebus dominates Ross Island.
McMurdo Base is on the spit of land to the bottom left,
Terror is the mountain to the right side of the island
in this map
The lava lake of Mount Erebus
as seen from space
picture courtesy Nasa
The Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory
Picture courtesy of Mike Usher
- Mike went on a Ross Sea expedition on board the Kapitan Khlebnikov
You can purchase a selection of Mike's pictures