Here are the first 3 groups, all you have to do is read through the countries of each group then select 2 countries in the polls of each group who you want to advance to the knockout stage.
The host country and also a volcanic powerhouse with no shortage of active volcanoes. We have the majestic Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains said to have last erupted during more or less 50 AD, and in Siberia there are a handful of volcanic regions especially Jom-Bolok and the Azas Plateau but no historical activity has been recorded. The most significant volcanic regions of Russia however lies in the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kurile Islands. Notable volcanoes include (but not limited to) Kliuchevskoi, Sheveluch, Karymsky, Tolbachik, Avachinsky, Ebeko, Chikurachki, etc.
The western strip of Saudi Arabia is where the volcanoes are, and is associated with the rifting of the Red Sea. If you look on Google Earth you can see numerous volcanic cones and extensive lava fields. Historical eruptions have occurred on Harrat Khaybar, Harrat Lunayyir, Harrat Rahat, and Jabal Yar. Hot spring activity occurs at Jabal Yar. In 2009, a seismic swarm at Harrat Lunayyir indicated a dike intrusion and also caused an 8 km long surface rupture.
No volcanoes in Egypt but evidence for prehistoric volcanic activity can be found in the Bahariya Oasis Depression especially the volcanic hills of the Black Desert.
No volcanoes in Uruguay, but the Parana continental flood basalt province extends into northern Uruguay. It was formed as a result of a flood basalt eruption during the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean around 140 million years ago. Basaltic dyke swarms of Precambrian age are also present in Uruguay.
Portugal’s volcanism lies within the offshore islands. The island of Madeira is volcanic in origin but the most significant volcanism lies in the volcanoes of the Azores in the Mid Atlantic Ocean. The most notable volcanoes are Pico on the island of the same name, and Capelinhos on the island of Fayal which started off as a submarine eruption in 1957 before merging with the rest of the island.
Mainland Spain has the Olot and Calatrava volcanic fields but both haven’t got a lot to offer, which leaves the Canary Islands having the most significant volcanoes of Spain and where the historical activity lies. It is on the islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, and Hierro where the most significant volcanism can be found. The most notable volcano is the majestic Pico de Teide on the island of Tenerife. The most recent eruption in the Canaries came in 2011-2012 when an underwater vent erupted off shore of Hierro.
Extinct volcanoes are present in Morocco especially Jbel Sirwa, Jbel El Koudiate, Jbel Outgui, and Jbel Hebri to name some. There are also numerous volcanic craters located southeast of the city of Azrou.
There’s only a few volcanoes in Iran but a couple of them are impressive enough. Though no historical eruptions have been known, Bazman, Taftan, and Damavand are still fumarolically active. Damavand is the most prominent of all, this impressive conical stratovolcano stands at 5670m asl and lies northeast of the capital city Tehran.
Mainland France has a reasonably impressive volcanic chain located in south central France, the Chaine des Puys which last had an eruption at least 6000 years ago. But include the overseas territories and France has quite a nice selection of volcanoes, some of which had erupted during historical times. Two examples given are Matthew Island which is an above the sea section of a lava dome in the Pacific Ocean to the south of Vanuatu having last erupted in 1956, and St. Paul in the Indian Ocean which only had one historical eruption back in 1793. But the most notable volcanoes of France lie in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. We have Soufriere Guadaloupe which last erupted in 1977, then we have Mont Pelee which was made famous from the devastating eruption of 1902, and finally we have Piton de la Fournaise a hotspot shield volcano which erupts more or less every year.
The Newer Volcanics Province lies in southeastern Australia, cones include Mount Schank, Mount Gambier, Mount Napier, and Mount Elephant. However, none of them have been active during historical times. Volcanic activity is present in the Australian territory of Heard and McDonald Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Mawson Peak on Heard Island is where most of the eruptive activity is.
The volcanoes of Peru forms the northern part of the Central Volcanic Zone in the Andes mountain range of South America. Historically active volcanoes include Huaynaputina, El Misti, Tutupaca, Ubinas, and Sabancaya. The most recently active Peruvian volcano Sabancaya is currently blowing ash clouds.
There are no volcanoes in Denmark but volcanism is evident in the overseas territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands. One of them is the Geikie Plateau in eastern Greenland which is a flood basalt province formed as a result of the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean, and another is the Faroe Islands which is a remnant of the Thulean Plateau basaltic lava plain which is part of the North Atlantic Igneous Province also formed as a result of the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Polls will close on the 16th June.