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).