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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-07792

The steaming crater of El Chichón volcano is seen here in January 1983, less than a year after a major explosive eruption formed a new 1-km-wide crater that later was partially filled by a steaming, acidic lake.  The isolated El Chichón volcano is a small, but powerful andesitic tuff cone and lava dome complex.  Prior to 1982, this relatively unknown volcano was heavily forested and of no greater height than adjacent non-volcanic peaks.  More than a half dozen large explosive eruptions have occurred since the mid-Holocene.   Photo by Bill Rose, 1983 (Michigan Technological University).

The steaming crater of El Chichón volcano is seen here in January 1983, less than a year after a major explosive eruption formed a new 1-km-wide crater that later was partially filled by a steaming, acidic lake. The isolated El Chichón volcano is a small, but powerful andesitic tuff cone and lava dome complex. Prior to 1982, this relatively unknown volcano was heavily forested and of no greater height than adjacent non-volcanic peaks. More than a half dozen large explosive eruptions have occurred since the mid-Holocene.

Photo by Bill Rose, 1983 (Michigan Technological University).


El Chichón