Sierra Nevada

Photo of this volcano
  • Chile-Argentina
  • South America
  • Complex
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 26.48°S
  • 68.58°W

  • 6173 m
    20247 ft

  • 355123
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Sierra Nevada.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Sierra Nevada.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Sierra Nevada.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Sierra Nevada. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Sierra Nevada 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 large snow-covered massif near the center of this NASA Space Shuttle image (with north to the upper left) is the Sierra Nevada volcanic complex. The complex covers an area of about 225 sq km astride the Chile-Argentina border and includes at least a dozen volcanic vents with associated lava flows. Two large Pleistocene calderas lie south of Sierra Nevada, the 22-km-wide Wheelright caldera (part of which is visible at the lower left) and Escondida at the bottom center, with a lake on its caldera floor.

NASA Space Shuttle image STS100-710-48, 2001 (
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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