Payun Matru

Photo of this volcano
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 36.422°S
  • 69.241°W

  • 3715 m
    12185 ft

  • 357066
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

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Eruptive History

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
5050 BCE ± 1000 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Potassium-Argon Escorial del Matru caldera

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 3680-m-high Cerro Payún Matru volcanic complex in Argentina includes an 8 x 10 km wide caldera that cuts an alkaline shield volcano. Post-caldera basaltic eruptions produced more than 150 eruptive centers, including lava domes and pyroclastic cones. The E-W-trending fissures that extend across the entire shield volcano produced numerous youthful-looking lava flows visible in this NASA Space Shuttle image. A lava flow from Volcán Santa María that traveled 15 km to the NE is prominent at the top of the image.

NASA Space Shuttle image ISS006-E-6773, 2002 (
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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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