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Piedra Grande

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  • Guatemala
  • Central America Volcanic Arc
  • Composite | Stratovolcano(es)
  • Pleistocene
  • Country
  • Volcanic Province
  • Landform | Volc Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 14.25°N
  • 90.4°W

  • 1,640 m
    5,381 ft

  • 342804
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports available for Piedra Grande.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Piedra Grande.

The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Piedra Grande.

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 Piedra Grande. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Piedra Grande 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 Piedra Grande.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Piedra Grande.

Photo Gallery

The top-center portion of this Landsat image consists of topographically indistinct Piedra Grande, a cluster of faulted, heavily eroded andesitic stratovolcanoes. The Piedra Grande complex lies between the NW-trending Jalpatagua Fault, which cuts diagonally through the city of Barbarena (the small white area at the upper right), and Tecuamburro volcano (lower right). The vent area of Piedra Grande lies within 4-km-wide, nested depressions open to the east, NE of the more prominent forested Puebla Nuevo Viñas volcano (left center).

NASA Landsat image, 2000 (courtesy of Loren Siebert, University of Akron).
Four large Pleistocene volcanic complexes are visible in this Landsat image of southern Guatemala, with the Pacific coastal plain at the bottom. Minor activity at Tecuamburro volcano continued into the Holocene at Laguna Ixpaco, the small circular white dot a little more than half-way between the Tecuamburro and Piedra Grande labels. The Río los Esclavos extends from the upper right, cutting between Tecuamburro and Ixhuatán volcanoes.

NASA Landsat image, 2000 (courtesy of Loren Siebert, University of Akron).
The Pleistocene Piedra Grande is the topographically indistinct area in the center of this December 2019 Planet Labs satellite image monthly mosaic (N is at the top; image is approximately 14 km across). The complex consists of heavily eroded, faulted cones, and has undergone extensive hydrothermal alteration.

Satellite image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc., 2019 (https://www.planet.com/).
GVP Map Holdings

Maps are not currently available due to technical issues.

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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