cinder cone


: a conical hill formed by the accumulation of volcanic debris around a vent see volcano illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web However, its most recent eruption, in 1538, was relatively small and produced a cinder cone called Monte Nuovo. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 18 May 2017 The ash and volcanic bombs produced from these explosions at the cinder cone are clearly visible. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 27 July 2020 The 1-mile loop trail enters the Bonito Lava Flow, which gushed from the base of the cinder cone. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2022 Left behind is a cinder cone of more than 100 feet that’s been renamed Ahu’aila’au and will take decades to cool. Dan Nakaso, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Dec. 2022 Katie Byron, production designer for the film, tells Variety that the unique structure is an actual residence built directly onto a volcanic cinder cone. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2022 The Mount Harkness Fire Lookout tower was, after all, built atop a sparsely vegetated peak of an ancient cinder cone volcano—not exactly an inviting location for blazes. Hannah Kingsley-ma, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2022 There, atop a 150-foot cinder cone, sits a building known as the Volcano House, a saucer-like structure that appears to have materialized from another planet or dimension. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 Then, in September 2020, a wildfire started on the far side of the extinct Veyo Volcano, a 5,000-foot cinder cone that’s shaped like a saddle and forms Dammeron Valley’s western boundary. New York Times, 16 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cinder cone was in 1849

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“Cinder cone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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