Mount Erciyes, Kayseri

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Volcano · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • It’s the place to sky, have a picnic, and have a cold/ healthy water. You can enjoy the mount either summer or winter. But if you visit during the winter you will be have amazing time.  more »
  • Surprisingly good skiing with many long runs and new lifts. Some cons: -there’s sometimes pebbles and rocks in the slopes - many of the runs are unnecessarily narrow - the restaurants are quite...  more »
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  • 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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