La Soufrière, Guadeloupe, QTVR Panoramas - September 2005
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The old car park just below Soufrière's dome partly in sunlight (note steep Piton Dolomieu on its left slope). On the dome's right is the lower caldera rim L'Echelle and, even lower, the prehistoric cinder cone La Citerne with radio antennas on its rim.
Climbing the steep dome is necessary to appreciate its complex top. In the Jardin Lherminier the path crosses the «hell's gate» (Porte d'Enfer) among renmants of old sharp spines of andesite. In the background is the much bigger spine Piton Dolomieu.
The dome's southern slope is split by the fissure of 30 August 1976 and covered by blocks ejected during that violent phreatic eruption. From left to right: steam from the fumaroles in the Gouffre Tarissan and in the Cratère Sud, the green caldera rim L'Echelle and the green crater of La Citerne cinder cone.
On the rim of Gouffre Tarissan with strong fumarole. On the right Porte d'Enfer in the distance and the green flat bottom of the Cratère Dupuy along the main North-South fault splitting the volcano dome. In the foreground huge blocks ejected during the phreatic eruption of summer 1976.
Above Cratère Dupuy. From left to right: Grande Terre (the eastern half of Guadeloupe), Piton du Nord, steaming Gouffre Tarissan behind green Cratère Dupuy, Jardin Lherminier, Piton Dolomieu and the dome's top La Découverte.
Looking down on all the islands of the Lesser Antilles from La Découverte (1467m.a.s.l.). From left to right: Piton Saussure behind the NW fissure, west coast of Basse Terre, north caldera rim Morne Amic, Grande Terre behind the east coast of Basse Terre, Piton du Nord, east caldera rim L'Echelle, steaming Gouffre Tarissan and steep Piton Dolomieu.