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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-08128

The broad Cofre de Perote massif in the distance is seen in an aerial view from the west.  As with other volcanoes of the Orizaba-Cofre chain, Cofre de Perote was constructed over the eastern margin of the Mexican altiplano, so that the volcano asymmetrically extends farther toward the lower-elevation coastal plain.  The low-angle compound shield volcano rises 1700 m above the Serdán-Oriental basin on the west and 3000 m above the city of Jalapa (Xalapa) on the east. Photo by Lucio Cardenas, 1996 (CENAPRED, courtesy of Hugo Delgado, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

The broad Cofre de Perote massif in the distance is seen in an aerial view from the west. As with other volcanoes of the Orizaba-Cofre chain, Cofre de Perote was constructed over the eastern margin of the Mexican altiplano, so that the volcano asymmetrically extends farther toward the lower-elevation coastal plain. The low-angle compound shield volcano rises 1700 m above the Serdán-Oriental basin on the west and 3000 m above the city of Jalapa (Xalapa) on the east.

Photo by Lucio Cardenas, 1996 (CENAPRED, courtesy of Hugo Delgado, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).


Cofre de Perote