Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-05942
The small light-colored spire in the center of the photo is the renowned steeple of the church of San Juan Parangaricutiro, which was surrounded by lava flows from Parícutin volcano in 1944. This view from the NE shows the flat-lying 1944 Parícutin lava flows in the center of the photo. The steep-sided, viscous lava flows in the background were erupted later, during 1944-46.
Photo by Jim Luhr, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).