Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-07682
The eastern side of the summit of Cofre de Perote volcano is truncated by a steep escarpment. The volcano lies at the NNE end of a N-S-trending range that extends 50 km south to glacier-capped, historically active Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltépetl) volcano in the distance. Like other N-S volcanic chains in México trending perpendicular to the Mexican Volcanic Belt, volcanism in the Cofre-Orizaba chain has migrated to the south. Radio communication towers top the southern peak of Cofre's compound summit.
Photo by Lee Siebert, 1998 (Smithsonian Institution).