|Taal Volcano in Lake Taal|
V is for Volcano
Taal Volcano viewed from Tagaytay Ridge.
Taal Volcano is a complex volcano located in Volcano Island in the middle of Lake Taal, about 31 miles south of Manila. Lake Taal, a freshwater lake, lies within the 25-30-kilometer caldera formed by very large explosions between 500,000 to 100,000 years ago. Since the formation of the caldera, subsequent eruptions have created a volcanic island, within the caldera, known as the Volcano Island. This island covers an area of about 9 square miles, and consists of cones and craters. Forty-seven different cones and craters have been identified on the island---one is Crater Lake, the world's largest lake on an island in a lake on an island, and it has its own small island, Vulcan Point.
Taal Volcano is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines and part of the Pacific ring of fire. Regular tours of the lake and Volcano Island are available to tourists.
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