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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-05515

Ajusco volcano rises above Mexico City to the south. The Chichinautzin volcanic field covers a broad, 1,000 km2 area with more than 150 small cones of mostly Holocene age. One of the youngest eruptions occurred from the Xitle cone about 1,670 years ago, producing a massive 3.2 km3 lava flow that covered prehistorical urban centers and agricultural land. It is now overlain by the southern part of Mexico City. Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).

Ajusco volcano rises above Mexico City to the south. The Chichinautzin volcanic field covers a broad, 1,000 km2 area with more than 150 small cones of mostly Holocene age. One of the youngest eruptions occurred from the Xitle cone about 1,670 years ago, producing a massive 3.2 km3 lava flow that covered prehistorical urban centers and agricultural land. It is now overlain by the southern part of Mexico City.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).

Keywords: volcanic field


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