Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-07681
Cofre de Perote, a massive Quaternary andesitic-dacitic shield volcano that anchors the NNE end of a volcanic chain extending southward to Pico de Orizaba volcano, rises above banana plantations below its SE flank. A large compound escarpment formed in part by edifice collapse cuts the eastern side of the volcano. The upper part of this scarp forms the barren area below the summit. Numerous cinder cones, some of Holocene age, dot the flanks of the largely Pleistocene volcano.
Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).