Coropuna

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  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 15.52°S
  • 72.65°W

  • 6377 m
    20917 ft

  • 354003
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The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Coropuna. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Coropuna page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

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Photo Gallery


The elongated Coropuna volcanic massif is seen here from the NE. The dark lava flow descending the NE flank at the left center is one of several youthful lava flows that overlie roughly 11,000-year-old glacial moraines. The morphology of this flow and others on the SE and western flanks suggest that they are very young and postdate activity from the summit craters.

Photo by Norm Banks, 1988 (U.S. Geological Survey).
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Nevado Coropuna, Perú's highest and largest volcano, is a massive ice-covered volcanic complex with at least a half dozen summit cones scattered over a 12 x 20 km area. The 6377-m-high summit (left), seen here from the south, is located at the NW end of the complex. Deep, steep-walled canyons surrounding the volcano give it an impressive topographic relief of more than 4000 m over a horizontal distance of 15 km. Several young Holocene lava flows descend the NE, SE, and western flanks.

Photo by Norm Banks, 1988 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
Volcanoes of three ages can be seen in this aerial view across northern Perú. The eroded, 6093-m-high Solimana volcano (foreground) has not erupted since the Pleistocene, but has an active fumarole. It is located NW of the younger Coropuna volcano (upper right), which has produced major flank lava flows during the Holocene. The three-peaked Sabancaya volcanic complex (upper left) includes the historically active cone of Sabancaya proper, which is flanked on the left by Hualca Hualca volcano and on the right by Ampato volcano.

Photo by Norm Banks, 1988 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
The 6377-m-high summit of Coropuna volcano, Perú's highest, forms the peak at the center of the photo. It lies north of a 20-km-long E-W chain of peaks forming the ice-covered massif. The present glacial icecap covers an area of 130 sq km and descends to 5800 m on the south and 5300 m on the north. Dramatic lateral moraines from older glaciers extend up to 10 km and reach below 4500 m. Steep canyons on the volcano's flanks create among the world's highest topographic relief, up to 4000 m over a horizontal distance of 15 km.

Photo by Norm Banks, 1988 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


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

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