Volcán Tajumulco

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Volcán Tajumulco
Tajumulco Volcano.JPG
Crater o the Volcán Tajumulco
Heichest pynt
Elevation4,220 m (13,850 ft)
Prominence3,980 m (13,060 ft)
Isolation722 kilometres (449 mi)
Coordinates15°02′37″N 91°54′12″W / 15.043685°N 91.903308°W / 15.043685; -91.903308Coordinates: 15°02′37″N 91°54′12″W / 15.043685°N 91.903308°W / 15.043685; -91.903308
Volcán Tajumulco is locatit in Guatemala
Volcán Tajumulco
Volcán Tajumulco
Location in Guatemala
LocationSan Marcos, Guatemala
Parent rangeSierra Madre
Muntain teepStratovolcano
Volcanic arc/beltCentral America Volcanic Arc
Last eruptionUnknown

Volcán Tajumulco is a lairge stratovolcano in the depairtment o San Marcos in wastren Guatemala. It is the heichest moontain in Central Americae at 4,202 metres (13,786 ft). It is pairt o the moontain range o the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, which byganes in Mexico's soothren state o Chiapas.[1]

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Tajumulco is componed o andesitic-dacitic lavas on the tap o a lairge escarpment o uncertain oreegin. It haes twa summits, ane o which haes a crater 50–70 metres (160–230 ft) wide. A lava flow frae the north-wastren summit descends intae a steep valley on the same side o the volcano.[2]

The volcano's eruptive history is unclear an the date o its last eruption is unkent. Reports frae the 18th an early 19th century claim tae record eruptions but these are conseedert unlikely.[2]

The region aroond Tajumulco is relatively sparsely populatit.[2] The nearest toun is San Marcos, locatit 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) tae the sooth-east.[1] awthou it is infrequently visitit,[2] the volcano can be climbed in aboot five oors frae the hamlet o Tuichán. Views are variable as the aurie is frequently covered in mist an cloos, wi condeetions at thair least favorable atween Apryle an September.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tajumulco Volcano." Britannica Library, Encyclopædia Britannica, 27 February 2012. Accessed 22 April 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Tajumulco". Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History Global Volcanism Program. Retrieved 22 April 2017.
  3. Stewart, Iain (2009). The Rough Guide to Guatemala. Rough Guides Limited. p. 477. ISBN 978-1-84836-017-4.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Encyclopædia Britannica Online. "Tajumulco Volcano". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  • INSIVUMEH. "Volcanes de Guatemala" (in Spaingie). Guatemala City: Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorologíá e Hidrologíá (INSIVUMEH) - Ministerio de Comunicaciones, Infraestructura y Vivienda. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  • Global Volcanism Program. "Tajumulco". Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2011-01-14.

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