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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-04299

Poás, one of the most active volcanoes of Costa Rica, is a broad, well-vegetated volcano with a summit area containing three craters along a N-S line.  The 2708-m-high volcano is constructed within eroded remnants of two nested calderas.   This photo from the east shows the lake-filled Botos crater (left center) and a steam plume rising from the historically active summit crater, which has been the site of frequent phreatic and phreatomagmatic eruptions since 1828.  Eruptions often include geyser-like ejection of crater lake water.     Photo by Mike Carr (Rutgers University).

Poás, one of the most active volcanoes of Costa Rica, is a broad, well-vegetated volcano with a summit area containing three craters along a N-S line. The 2708-m-high volcano is constructed within eroded remnants of two nested calderas. This photo from the east shows the lake-filled Botos crater (left center) and a steam plume rising from the historically active summit crater, which has been the site of frequent phreatic and phreatomagmatic eruptions since 1828. Eruptions often include geyser-like ejection of crater lake water.

Photo by Mike Carr (Rutgers University).


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