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Trou aux Cerfs (also known as Murr's Volcano) is a dormant volcano with a well-defined cone and crater. It is 605 m (1,985 ft) high and located in Curepipe, Mauritius. The crater has been alternately described as 300[1] and 350 meters in diameter,[2] and is 80 meters deep.[2]

Trou aux Cerfs
A deep dormant crater volcano
Crater of Trou aux Cerfs
Highest point
Elevation 605 m (1,985 ft)
Coordinates 20°18′54″S 57°30′18″E / 20.31500°S 57.50500°E / -20.31500; 57.50500Coordinates: 20°18′54″S 57°30′18″E / 20.31500°S 57.50500°E / -20.31500; 57.50500
Geography
Trou aux Cerfs is located approx. in the centre of Mauritius
Trou aux Cerfs is located approx. in the centre of Mauritius
Trou aux Cerfs
Location in Mauritius
Location Curepipe, Mauritius
Geology
Mountain type Dormant - Volcanic crater
Climbing
Easiest route Car/Walking

The crater was formed less than 2 million years ago in the second phase of volcanic activity that created Mauritius.[3]

According to experts, the volcano is currently dormant but could become active at any time within the next thousand years.[citation needed]

The crater is only accessible down a steep embankment which is considered dangerous. Water and silt have clogged the crater, making it even less accessible.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Trou aux Cerfs". Mauritius UK Connection. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Trou aux Cerfs volcano". Government of Mauritius. Archived from the original on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  3. ^ Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. p. 390. ISBN 0-89577-087-3.