Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03783
The summit of Popocatépetl volcano, seen here from the north, is cut by a 400 x 600 m wide, steep-walled crater that is elongated in a NE-SW direction. The crater floor is 500 m below the volcano's summit on the NW rim, which is 170 m above the SE rim. Historical eruptions of Popocatépetl have originated from this crater and have periodically formed smaller subcraters, pyroclastic cones, or lava domes on its floor.
Copyrighted photo by Katia and Maurice Krafft, 1978.
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