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Las Pilas Volcano, Nicaragua

Las Pilas Volcano, Nicaragua, Volcano photo


Las Pilas Volcano, Nicaragua

Las Pilas stratovolcano, seen here from the south, is the most prominent feature of Nicaragua's Las Pilas volcanic complex.

Las Pilas barely exceeds 1000 m in elevation, but it towers 900 m above its base in the Nicaraguan depression only a few hundred m above sea level.

Its broad 1088-m-high summit is cut by a 700-m-wide crater and by a N-S fissure formed during an eruption in 1952.

There were no previously documented eruptions of this volcano since the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 1520s.

PHOTO SOURCE: Bill Rose 1967, Michigan Technological University, courtesy of the Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, used with permission.


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