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Hanging Rock Volcano

This is lava dome (tholoid) that formed as a small volcanic eruption of silica-rich (soda-trachyte) lava. There was little or no pyroclastic component to the eruption. It has been dated to about 6 million years ago in the Late Miocene. The lava dome formed because of the low viscosity of this lava type . The lava had a lower viscosity than most other Tertiary volcanoes in Victoria. This type of structure is also called a namelon. The present structure of the rock resulted from vertical fractures that were widened by erosion.

 

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  1. Volcanoes in Victoria
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