Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-03843
The interior of a stratovolcano is dramatically revealed in a 1-km-wide crater created on the SW flank of Guatemala's Santa María volcano during an eruption in 1902. The 1,200-m-high scarp exposes thin, light-colored lava flows that are interbedded with deposits of fragmented rock produced during growth of the volcano. The 1902 eruption was one of the world's largest during the 20th century.
Copyrighted photo by Dick Stoiber, 1969 (Dartmouth College).