Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-07671
The NE flank of Volcán la Malinche is cut by deep glacially carved canyons. The craters in the foreground are part of the Xalapaxco tuff cone complex. Xalapaxco means "vessel or container made of sand" in the Aztec Nahuatl language. The tuff cone contains ten overlapping craters formed by changes in water and magma supply rates during the course of an eruption. The tuff cone was erupted through alluvial fan deposits consisting of reworked fluvial and glacial deposits on the lower flank of Malinche.
Photo by Lee Siebert, 1998 (Smithsonian Institution).