Mud Volcanoes

By: Halima A.

The Mud Volcanoes of Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Whats big ,brown, and has volcanic activity? No, not your uncle's brown bean chili,

the mud volcanoes of Gobustan, Azerbaijan! Now before you say "eeeww, muud" these mud volcanoes are essential channels for releasing pressurized gas and mineral water. These volcanoes of mud can reach 5 to 500 mm high! Mud volcanoes usually form at Earth's crust (a.k.a Earth's fault lines), and while there is a dispute over the volcanoes origin, scientists can agree that mud volcanoes are the close cousins of magma volcanoes, but with mud volcanoes its safe to breath around and WILL NOT cause asthma. Like magma volcanoes they can erupt and hurl flames at great heights. What do a mud volcanoe look like? Like a magma volcano only much smaller an completly brown.

Over all, the mud volcanoes of Gobustan, Azerbaijan are a fun and friendly family vacation.


Mud volcanoes can be located under the sea or along the Earths crust but the mud volcanoes of Gobustan can be located in Europe, Azerbaijan is a country and Gobustan is a city. To get to the mud volcanoes you will have to hire a guide since the volcanoes are a restricted area ,and you will be stopped by the police if you don't.

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Now you may ask,"are mud volcanoes safe?", and I would say "depends". Why? well you see about every 20 years mud volcanoes erupt and you're perfectly safe as long as you are not nearby. Is the mud hot? No its actually not in fact its cool ,and usually just above freezing. Would I get sick by breathing by it, once again mud volcanoes one of the only volcanoes that are safe to breath by. How many mud volcanoes are in Gobustan? About 1/3 there is in the world which around 400.
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What would I rate the mud volcanoes? I haven't actually been there ,but I would recommend it with a 5 star rating.

Overall, the mud volcanoes of Gobustan, Azerbaijan are a fun and friendly family vacation.


Admin, Dylan. "Mud Volcanoes of Azerbaijan." Atlas Obscura. Annette Black, 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.

and, Gallagher, Ronnie. "Azeri Mud Volcanoes - Facts & Information / VolcanoDiscovery." Azeri Mud Volcanoes - Facts & Information / VolcanoDiscovery. Web. 17 Dec. 2014.