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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-05519

Iztaccíhuatl, the "Woman in White," presents the profile of a sleeping woman as seen here from the west above the Valley of Mexico.  A series of overlapping cones constructed along a NNW-SSE line to the south of the Pleistocene Llano Grande caldera forms the summit ridge.  From left to right they are La Cabeza (the head), El Pecho (the breast), Las Rodillas (the knees; at the end of the central summit ridge), and Los Pies (the feet).  The volcano is mostly Pleistocene in age, but minor Holocene activity has occurred.   Photo by Gerardo Carrasco-Núñez (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

Iztaccíhuatl, the "Woman in White," presents the profile of a sleeping woman as seen here from the west above the Valley of Mexico. A series of overlapping cones constructed along a NNW-SSE line to the south of the Pleistocene Llano Grande caldera forms the summit ridge. From left to right they are La Cabeza (the head), El Pecho (the breast), Las Rodillas (the knees; at the end of the central summit ridge), and Los Pies (the feet). The volcano is mostly Pleistocene in age, but minor Holocene activity has occurred.

Photo by Gerardo Carrasco-Núñez (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).


Iztaccíhuatl