- a large, basinlike depression resulting from the explosion or collapse of the center of a volcano.
Origin of caldera
Examples from the Web for caldera
Below lies the turquoise waters of the caldera, flecked with the white triangles of sailing boats.Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave
June 10, 2014
Situated at 5,400 feet, it's encircled by jagged peaks that make you feel you're cupped inside a caldera.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
Caldera's wife was the only one that did not forget the accident.Luna Benamor
Vicente Blasco Ibez
View of the Isle of Palma, and of the entrance into the central cavity or Caldera.A Manual of Elementary Geology
I marvel now that the "Caldera" should have lived through the storm.
I am a Frenchwoman, and was a passenger on board the 'Caldera.'
However this may have been, Caldera went to serve under Ancostan an officer of the king of Bisnagar.
- a large basin-shaped crater at the top of a volcano, formed by the collapse or explosion of the coneSee cirque
Word Origin and History for caldera
"cavity on the summit of a volcano," 1865, from Spanish caldera "cauldron, kettle," from Latin caldarium, caldarius "pertaining to warming," from calidus "warm, hot" (see calorie).
- A large, roughly circular crater left after a volcanic explosion or the collapse of a volcanic cone. Calderas are typically much wider in diameter than the openings of the vents from which they were formed.