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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-07457

The Sierra Nevada east of the Valley of Mexico is a N-S-trending volcanic chain that runs perpendicular to the E-W trend of the Mexican Volcanic Belt.  As with other transverse volcanic chains such as Cántaro-Colima and Cofre de Perote-Orizaba, the Sierra Nevada range is younger to the south.  The broad forested volcanoes of Tláloc and Telapon in the distance are Pliocene in age, snow-capped Iztaccíhuatl in the center is largely Pleistocene, and steaming Popocatépetl in the foreground has been historically active. Photo by José Macías, 1996 (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

The Sierra Nevada east of the Valley of Mexico is a N-S-trending volcanic chain that runs perpendicular to the E-W trend of the Mexican Volcanic Belt. As with other transverse volcanic chains such as Cántaro-Colima and Cofre de Perote-Orizaba, the Sierra Nevada range is younger to the south. The broad forested volcanoes of Tláloc and Telapon in the distance are Pliocene in age, snow-capped Iztaccíhuatl in the center is largely Pleistocene, and steaming Popocatépetl in the foreground has been historically active.

Photo by José Macías, 1996 (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).


Iztaccíhuatl

Popocatépetl