Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-04410
The remote and inaccessible Reventador volcano rises above the jungles of the western Amazon basin. El Reventador, a young stratovolcano constructed within the 3-km-wide breached caldera of Volcán Reventador, is the most frequently active of a N-S chain of Ecuadorian volcanoes that lies well east of the principal volcanic axis. Fresh-looking lava flows descending from El Reventador extend east across the caldera floor in this late-1960s photo. Explosive eruptions during historical time have been visible from Quito.
Photo by Juan Elizalde (courtesy of Minard Hall, Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Quito).