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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03780

The symmetrical Popocatépetl volcano towers south of the elongated summit ridge of Iztaccíhuatl.  The two 5000-m-high volcanoes are popular climbing destinations from Mexico City, 60 km to the west.  Unlike the eroded Iztaccíhuatl volcano, which has been infrequently active during the Holocene, the conical Popocatépetl has been vigorously active. Photo by Jim Luhr, 1981 (Smithsonian Institution).

The symmetrical Popocatépetl volcano towers south of the elongated summit ridge of Iztaccíhuatl. The two 5000-m-high volcanoes are popular climbing destinations from Mexico City, 60 km to the west. Unlike the eroded Iztaccíhuatl volcano, which has been infrequently active during the Holocene, the conical Popocatépetl has been vigorously active.

Photo by Jim Luhr, 1981 (Smithsonian Institution).


Popocatépetl

Iztaccíhuatl