September 7, 2007 - Plume from Shiveluch Volcano

Plume from Shiveluch Volcano

On August 3, 2007, the Shiveluch (Sheveluch) Volcano on the Russian Federation’s Kamchatka Peninsula released a plume as the MODIS on NASAs Aqua satellite passed overhead. This image shows the volcanic plume blowing away from the summit toward the southeast. The plume’s gray-beige color suggests a composition of ash mixed with water vapor. This summertime shot also reveals the lush green of the surrounding landscape, interrupted by bare mountain ridges.

Shiveluch is a stratovolcano—a steep-sloped volcano composed of alternating layers of solidified ash, hardened lava, and volcanic rocks. One of Kamchatka’s largest volcanoes, it sports a summit reaching 3,283 meters (10,771 feet). Shiveluch is also one of the peninsula’s most active volcanoes, with an estimated 60 substantial eruptions in the past 10,000 years.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 08/3/2007
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC