Laguna del Maule

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  • Last Known Eruption
  • 36.058°S
  • 70.492°W

  • 2162 m
    7091 ft

  • 357061
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Eruptive History


There is data available for 4 Holocene eruptive periods.


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
0050 BCE (in or before) Unknown Confirmed 0 Uranium-series rln
0250 BCE Unknown Confirmed 0 Ar/Ar rcd
1550 BCE Unknown Confirmed 0 Ar/Ar rsl and rcl
4450 BCE Unknown Confirmed 0 Ar/Ar rcb

Deformation History


There is data available for 1 deformation periods. Expand each entry for additional details.


Deformation during 2007 - 2013 [Uplift; Observed by InSAR]

Start Date: 2007 Stop Date: 2013 Direction: Uplift Method: InSAR
Magnitude: Unknown Spatial Extent: 20.00 km Latitude: -36.000 Longitude: -71.000

Remarks: The Laguna del Maule volcanic field has been rapidly uplifting since 2007 and can be modeled by an inflating sill.

Interferograms for Laguna del Maule, spanning the 1058-d time interval from 2007 February 12 to 2010 January 5 (P06). The panels include (a) observed phase values; (b) modelled phase values calculated from the final estimate of the parameters in the Okada dislocation model; (c) final residual phase values formed by subtracting final modelled values from observed phase values and (d) angular deviations for final estimate. One cycle of phase denotes 118.1 mm of range change. The ALOS orbit num- bers are 5602 and 21035. The altitude of ambiguity is 71.7 m. Unit vector [E,N,U] = [?0.6242, ?0.1851, 0.7590]. The incidence angle is 41? from ver- tical. Coordinates are easting and northing in kilometre using the Universal Transverse Mercator (zone 19) projection (Snyder 1982).

From: Feigl et al. 2014.


Reference List: Fournier at al. 2010; Feigl et al. 2014.

Full References:

Feigl, K. L., Le Mevel, H., Ali, S. T., Cordova, L., Andersen, N. L., DeMets, C., & Singer, B. S., 2014. Rapid uplift in Laguna del Maule volcanic field of the Andean Southern Volcanic zone (Chile) 2007-2012. Geophysical Journal International, 196(2), 885-901.

Fournier, T. J., M. E. Pritchard, and S. N. Riddick, 2010. Duration, magnitude, and frequency of subaerial volcano deformation events: New results from Latin America using InSAR and a global synthesis. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 11, Q01003, doi:10.1029/2009GC002558.

Emission History


There is no Emissions History data available for Laguna del Maule.

Photo Gallery


Pyroclastic cones and lava flows at the NW side of the Laguna del Maule volcanic center rise above the shore of the lake. This cluster of small stratovolcanoes, lava domes, and pyroclastic cones covers an area of 15 x 20 km within a Pleistocene caldera. Pleistocene and Holocene basaltic lava flows were erupted down the upper part of the Maule River valley and on all sides of the lake.

Photo by Oscar González-Ferrán (University of Chile).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


The following 5 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections, and may be availble for research (contact the Rock and Ore Collections Manager). Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description Lava Source Collection Date
NMNH 117456-11 Perlite -- --
NMNH 117456-12 Obsidian -- --
NMNH 117456-13 Obsidian -- --
NMNH 117456-14 Obsidian -- --
NMNH 117456-21 Obsidian -- --

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