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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-07470

Iztaccíhuatl volcano rises more than 2500 m from the floor of the Valley of Mexico to form México's third highest volcano.  The profile of a sleeping woman that gives the volcano its name can be seen in this aerial view from the west.  The massive 450 cu km volcano is a composite of overlapping edifices that interfinger along a N-S-trending line. Photo by José Macías, 1995 (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

Iztaccíhuatl volcano rises more than 2500 m from the floor of the Valley of Mexico to form México's third highest volcano. The profile of a sleeping woman that gives the volcano its name can be seen in this aerial view from the west. The massive 450 cu km volcano is a composite of overlapping edifices that interfinger along a N-S-trending line.

Photo by José Macías, 1995 (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).


Iztaccíhuatl