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Ulawun issuing passive steaming
Highest point
Elevation2,334 m (7,657 ft)
Prominence2,334 m (7,657 ft)
Coordinates5°03′00″S 151°20′00″E / 5.05000°S 151.33333°E / -5.05000; 151.33333Coordinates: 5°03′00″S 151°20′00″E / 5.05000°S 151.33333°E / -5.05000; 151.33333
Ulawun is located in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
LocationWest New Britain, Papua New Guinea
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Volcanic arc/beltBismarck volcanic arc
Last eruption2013 to 2014

Ulawun is a basaltic and andesitic stratovolcano situated on the island of New Britain, in West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea.

It is about 130 km south-west of Rabaul. It is the highest mountain in the Bismarck Archipelago at 2,334 metres (7,657 ft), and one of the most active volcanoes in Papua New Guinea. The first recorded eruption of Ulawun was by William Dampier in 1700; there have been 22 recorded eruptions since the 18th century. Several thousand people live near the volcano.

Recent activity[edit]

A steam plume over the sea from the Ulawun is clearly visible on this satellite image.

The last few years have seen almost constant activity at Ulawun, with frequent small explosions..

Volcanoes in Papua New Guinea are some of the world's most prolific sources of sulphur dioxide. Recent studies have shown that Ulawun releases about 7 kg/s of SO2, which is about 2% of the global total of SO2 emissions into the atmosphere.


Ulawun Volcano and Lolobau Island

It is a mud form and is rock which leads magma upwards due to magma and the eruptions

Decade Map[edit]

Ulawun has been named one of the Decade Volcanoes, 16 volcanoes identified as being worthy of particular study, in light of their history of large, destructive eruptions and their proximity to populated areas.

See also[edit]


  • McGonigle A.J.S., Oppenheimer C., Tsanev V.I. et al. (2004), Sulphur dioxide fluxes from Papua New Guinea's volcanoes, Geophysical Research Letters, v. 31, issue 8

Johnson, RW, Davies, RA and White, AJR (1972) Ulawun Volcano, New Britain. Canberra, Department of National Development, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics Bulletin 142, PNG 5.

External links[edit]

  • Information from the Papua New Guinea Geological Survey
  • "Ulawun". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  • "Mount Ulawun, Papua New Guinea" on Peakbagger