Seven Perfectly Coned Volcanoes on Earth

Some of the most beautiful mountains in the world are volcanoes. The world renowned, most perfectly coned volcano’s name means "beautiful" while the "deity of fire" is considered sacred in its country.

Asleep or awake and angry, these giants are simply breathtaking. Every single time one of these spews out smoke, molten rock, gases and ash they will always be on the news. Beautiful, but deadly.

Geologists have classified volcanoes into four main types: cinder cones, composite, shield and lava domes. Cinder cones are the simplest type while shield volcanoes are built almost entirely of lava flows. Lava domes are built by slow eruptions of highly viscous lava. Some of the world’s majestic mountains are composite, also known as stratovolcanoes. Explosive eruptions by stratovolcanoes is said to have posed the greatest hazard to civilizations.

Osorno Volcano


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Volcan Osorno is one of the most active volcanoes in the Chilean Andes. This stratovolcano is located in the Los Lagos Region of Chile with an elevation of 2,652 m (8,701 ft).

Mount Taranaki


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Also known as Mount Egmont, Mount Taranaki of New Zealand is an active but quiescent stratovolcano that has an elevation of 2,517 m (8,261 ft). Having experienced at least five major eruptions by cone collapse, Taranaki is said to be considered unusual since few volcanoes have undergone more than one cone collapse. Taranaki came from the word tara which means mountain peak, while naki is believed to come from the word ngaki meaning “shining”.

Mount Cotopaxi



One of the world’s highest active volcano, Mount Cotopaxi is a 5,909 m (19,388 ft) high volcano in the Andes Mountains south of Quito, Ecuador. Mount Cotopaxi is a stratovolcano that is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The name cotopaxi means “smooth neck of the moon.”

Arenal Volcano


Located northwest of Costa Rica, Volcan Arenal is an active andeistic stratovolcano that stands at 1,656 m (5,436 ft). It was presumed extinct until July 1968 when an earthquake caused it to erupt after more than 400 years of being dormant. Arenal’s eruptions are considered strombolian or frequent but moderately active making it a popular tourist destination especially at night. The word arenal means “sandy.”

Shishaldin Volcano

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Rising at 2,856 m (9,373 ft) in the Aleutian Islands chain of Alaska, Shishaldin Volcano is the third largest island-based volcano in North America. Mt. Shishaldin’s most recent eruptions were in 1995-96 and 1999. Shishaldin is a moderately active nearly perfectly conical stratovolcano.

Mount Fuji


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Mount Fuji or Fuji-san as the Japanese calls it is a stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707-08. The 3,775 m (12,388 ft) high volcano is located west of Tokyo. Japan’s two major religions, Shinto and Buddhism, regards Fuji as sacred. The name Fuji means “deity of fire”; a more recent interpretation means “never die.”

Mayon Volcano

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Rising at 2,463 m (8,081 ft), Mayon Volcano is an active stratovolcano located in Bicol, Albay, Philippines. It is the most active volcano in the country, having erupted more than 50 times in the past 40 years. Mayon is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and is renowned as the world’s most perfect cone due to its almost perfectly conical shape. The name Mayon came from the Bicol word magayon meaning “beautiful.”

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28 Responses to “Seven Perfectly Coned Volcanoes on Earth”
  1. Bozsi Rose Says...

    On September 15, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Beautiful pics!

  2. A Fan Says...

    On September 15, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Truly breathtaking! I simply love it!

  3. roleal Says...

    On September 16, 2008 at 2:56 am

    love the pictures… It’s just how God reminds us that He truly is “Amazing”z — he can create amazing views like that.

  4. anbc Says...

    On September 16, 2008 at 2:57 am

    nice pix, nice work.

  5. JK Kristie Says...

    On September 16, 2008 at 5:42 am

    Thank you Bozsi, a fan, roleal and anbc.
    I really appreciate your comments.

    All the best!

  6. Tina Brazee Says...

    On September 19, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    The pics are simply beautiful. Great article.

  7. eggbert Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 4:40 am

    wow that is so cool esp. if u turn it around and put some icecream!!! xD

  8. JK Kristie Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 5:26 am

    Thanks Tina. Good one Eggbert. I like you. :)

  9. Dan Haugh Says...

    On September 22, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Very nice article and great pictures. It made me think of how I need to make a list of things I need to see before I die. Sort of a bucket list I guess.

  10. leistat Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 9:47 am

    MAGNIFICENT!!! i’ll have to include it in my must to see list!

  11. Routledge Says...

    On October 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Breath taking! I personally am scared of volcanoes but the pictures are simply amazing!

    I would love to be your friend!

  12. acecampillo Says...

    On October 13, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    beautiful article. Mayon Volcano is the most beautiful volcano I’ve ever seen( looking at the picture it is the most perfectly coned volcano).

    God Bless YoU!

  13. JK Kristie Says...

    On October 18, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Thanks Dan, leistat, Routledge and acecampillo! I really appreciate your comments.

    I wish you all the best!

  14. ruchel Says...

    On November 8, 2008 at 4:20 am

    i really really appreciate God’s work..these remind me of HIS never ending goodness..these simply describe HIS omnipotence…I like the pics…

  15. rutherfranc Says...

    On February 10, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    another great informative article! really wish I could see them all in reality (but not when exploding)

  16. RawrBaaby Says...

    On March 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, those pictures are breathtaking! There beautiful, just goes to show how gorgeous Earth can look if we don’t mess it up the way we are right now. But still, those are gorgeous!

  17. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Excellent! That was wonderful pics…I loved it ..Thnx for sharing

  18. ckiz2002 Says...

    On June 16, 2009 at 3:01 am


  19. speckledlily Says...

    On February 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Thanks for posting this. Very informative. Actually I’m looking in here if Mayon Volcano is included.

  20. SirGG Says...

    On February 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I think that Mt. Mayon Volcano is the most Perfect Cone Volcano in the whole world!!!

  21. rico Says...

    On April 17, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Mayon truly lived up to its name and no other volcano in the world could be at par!

  22. kerwin Says...

    On May 8, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Nice and breathtaking pictures of Volcano\’s. any way i got a close-up picture of the most perfect cone volcano \”the Mayon Volcano\”. try this link:

  23. santos delos santos Says...

    On March 24, 2011 at 4:37 am

    mayon volcano manifests it\’s greatness in terms of beauty and grandeur…..but the rest are also beautiful…nice pictures…

  24. gb Says...

    On April 18, 2011 at 6:08 am

    mayon is very unusual,,

  25. Ninjali Says...

    On October 8, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Mayon volcano is truly beautiful! a work of art! it is simply amazing.. i wish i could see it up close.. its perfect cone makes it so unique and stand out from the other beautiful volcanoes..

  26. Nicole Says...

    On November 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    PROUD TO BE, that one of the perfect cone volcano in the world is in PHILIPPINES……. MABUHAY

  27. flitzoffthehook Says...

    On August 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I love the Mayon Volcano! Surely it is the most perfect..But y ou should consider Kronotsky in Russia, it is one of its closest rival together along with mt Fuji in japan

  28. Cyron Says...

    On January 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Mayon Volcano is just “unreal”… I mean, it’s just too perfect to be true!!!! It’s almost a miracle for the randomness of Mother Earth’s violent underbelly to come up with such beauty and symmetry that even the biggest pyramids would pale in comparison. I need to see this volcano before I leave this world!!!

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