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Fish Canyon Tuff eruption
The Fish Canyon Tuff ignimbrite
Volcano La Garita Caldera
Date About 28 million years ago
Type Ultra-Plinian
Location Colorado, United States
37°45′23″N 106°56′03″W / 37.75639°N 106.93417°W / 37.75639; -106.93417

The Fish Canyon Tuff is the large volcanic ash flow deposit resulting from one of the largest known explosive eruptions on Earth, estimated at 5,000 km3 (1,200 cu mi). (see List of largest volcanic eruptions) The eruption was centered at La Garita Caldera in southwest Colorado. The tuff can be assumed to belong to one eruption due to its high chemical consistency (SiO2=bulk 67.5–68.5% (dacite), matrix 75–76% (rhyolite) and consistent phenocryst content (35–50%) and composition (plagioclase, sanidine, quartz, biotite, hornblende, sphene, apatite, zircon, Fe-Ti oxides are the primary phenocrysts). This tuff and eruption is part of the larger San Juan volcanic field and Mid-Tertiary ignimbrite flare-up.

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