December 3, 2015

2097 COMOROS - Mount Karthala

Mount Karthala is an active volcano and the highest point of the Comoros at 2,361m above sea level. It is the southernmost and larger of the two shield volcanoes forming Grande Comore island, the largest island in the nation of Comoros. It is very active, having erupted more than 20 times since the 19th century. Frequent eruptions have shaped the volcano’s 3 km by 4 km summit caldera.

Eruptions on April 17, 2005 and May 29, 2006 ended a period of quiet. The eruption from 2005, which carried a risk of lava flows and deadly volcanic gas, caused the evacuation of 30,000 residents. The mountain is covered by moist evergreen forest up to about 1800 metres above sea-level. Higher up the vegetation consists of stunted trees and heathland where the giant heath Erica comorensis grows.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Plants of the Comoros, issued in 2011. The second stamps is part of the series Medicinal Herbs.

Mount Karthala - Wikipedia

Sender: Tizy
Sent from Moroni (Comoros), on 29.05.2015

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