Tristan da Cunha - the Peak

The settlement on the circular-shaped island of Tristan da Cunha is called "Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas". The Peak on Tristan is 2,062 m high and is named after Queen Mary of England (16th century). As every volcano it is relatively easy to climb; there are, however, frequent clouds and storms around the island that make an ascent in good weather to an almost accidental event. The Peak is currently inactive; its last eruption occurred on the NW flank in 1961/1962 and led to the famous evacuation of the entire population, associated with a greater than before public awareness of the island and its problems.


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