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Global Volcanism Program | Image GVP-08570

The eastern side of Cofre de Perote volcano was truncated by a series of edifice collapse events during the late Pleistocene.  The youngest escarpment forms the unvegetated area below the summit in this view from just south of the town of Xico, which overlies the youngest avalanche deposit.  Boulders of this avalanche litter the field and provided a source of materials for the stone wall in the foreground.  The summit of Cofre lies 17 km to the west and 3000 m above this location. Photo by Lee Siebert, 2000 (Smithsonian Institution).

The eastern side of Cofre de Perote volcano was truncated by a series of edifice collapse events during the late Pleistocene. The youngest escarpment forms the unvegetated area below the summit in this view from just south of the town of Xico, which overlies the youngest avalanche deposit. Boulders of this avalanche litter the field and provided a source of materials for the stone wall in the foreground. The summit of Cofre lies 17 km to the west and 3000 m above this location.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2000 (Smithsonian Institution).


Cofre de Perote