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  • Mexico
  • Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt
  • Minor | Lava dome
  • Pleistocene
  • Country
  • Volcanic Province
  • Landform | Volc Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 19.308°N
  • 98.7°W

  • 3,600 m
    11,811 ft

  • 341081
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports available for Papayo.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Papayo.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Papayo.

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Eruptive History

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Papayo. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Papayo page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Papayo.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Papayo.

Photo Gallery

The Cerro Papayo dacite lava dome is located 2.5 km S of the pass in the northern Sierra Nevada between Mexico City and Puebla. The 1-km-wide dome rises 230 m above surrounding lava flows and produced voluminous lava flows that traveled about 10 km ENE toward the Puebla basin and 10 km WSW into the Valley of Mexico.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
The Mexico City-Puebla highway skirts the northern margin of a voluminous lava flow from Papayo volcano, a lava dome whose rounded summit appears above the horizon to the SW above the trucks to the right. The dome produced massive lava flows that cover an area of 84 km2, with a volume of about 21 km3. The flows display transverse arcuate pressure ridges, and lateral levees.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
Papayo dome is seen in the center of this photo, a dacite lava dome along the crest of the Sierra Nevada 15 km north of Iztaccíhuatl volcano. The dome, seen here from the west, was the source of a voluminous postglacial lava flow that traveled 9.5 km to the WSW and more than 10 km to ENE. The Mexico City-Puebla highway (left) follows the northern margin of the lava flow, which covers an area of 84 km2.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).
Papayo is the small rounded lava dome on the far-right horizon; the two peaks with snow-dusted summits on the horizon are Tláloc (left) and Telapón (center). This view looks to the NE across the Valley of Mexico from the flanks of the Chichinautzin range.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 2004 (Smithsonian Institution).
This photo looks south from Telapón volcano and shows the rounded Papayo lava dome in the foreground, with snow-capped Iztaccíhuatl (left) and Popocatépetl (right) in the background. These volcanoes, along with Telapón, and Tláloc stratovolcanoes, form a N-S-trending chain east of Mexico City and transverse to the Mexican Volcanic Belt trend.

Photo by Anita Cadoux, 2007 (Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM, Mexico).
GVP Map Holdings

Maps are not currently available due to technical issues.

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Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Papayo in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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