Papayo

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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 19.308°N
  • 98.7°W

  • 3600 m
    11808 ft

  • 341081
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The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Papayo.

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The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Papayo. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Papayo page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Photo Gallery


The rounded dacitic lava dome Papayo rises 2.5 km south of the pass in the northern Sierra Nevada between Mexico City and Puebla. The 1-km-wide Cerro Papayo dome rises 230 m above surrounding lava flows. Cerro Papayo fed voluminous dacitic lava flows that traveled about 10 km ENE toward the Puebla basin and 10 km WSW into the Valley of Mexico.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
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The Mexico City-Puebla highway skirts the northern margin of a voluminous dacitic lava flow from Papayo volcano, a dacitic lava dome whose rounded summit barely appears above the horizon to the SW above the trucks at the right. The massive compound lava flow covers an area of 84 sq km and has a volume of about 21 cu km. The flows display transverse arcuate pressure ridges, longitudinal troughs, and lateral levees.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
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The rounded knob at the center of the photo is Papayo volcano, a dacitic lava dome erupted along the crest of the Sierra Nevada 15 km north of Iztaccíhuatl volcano. The dome, seen here from the west, was the source of a voluminous postglacial lava flow that traveled 9.5 km to the WSW and more than 10 km to ENE. The Mexico City-Puebla highway (left) follows the northern margin of the lava flow, which covers an area of 84 sq km.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).
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The broad forested area in the foreground is a voluminous lava flow extending from Papayo volcano (where the photo was taken) toward the Puebla basin. The massive 84 sq km dacitic lava flow has a volume of about 21 cu km. The compound flow extends more than 10 km to the ENE and 9.5 km to the SW down to 2500 m elevation in the Valley of Mexico. Initial flows traveled at least 5 km to the ENE and were followed by a series of later flows that formed a 2-km-wide platform that reached about 10 km from the vent.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).
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Papayo is the small rounded, forested lava dome on the far right horizon; the two peaks with snow-dusted summits on the horizon are Tláloc (left) and Telapón (center). This view looks to the NE across the Valley of Mexico from the flanks of the Sierra de Chichinautzin range.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2004 (Smithsonian Institution).
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This dramatic photo looking south from Telapón volcano shows the rounded Papayo lava dome in the foreground, with snow-capped Iztaccíhuatl (left) and Popocatépetl (right) in the background. These volcanoes, along with Telapón, and Tláloc stratovolcanoes, form a prominent N-S-trending chain east of Mexico City transverse to the trend of the Mexican Volcanic Belt.

Photo by Anita Cadoux, 2007 (Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM, Mexico).
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Papayo in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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