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Apastepeque Field

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  • El Salvador
  • México and Central America
  • Volcanic field
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
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  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 13.72°N
  • 88.77°W

  • 700 m
    2297 ft

  • 343071
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The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Apastepeque Field.

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

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Apastepeque Field.

Photo Gallery

Cerro El Cerrón, one of the largest lava domes of the Apastepeque volcanic field, is seen here beyond Laguna de Apastepeque.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
The Apastepeque volcanic field consists of a cluster of about two dozen lava domes, scoria cones, and craters NE of San Vicente volcano, the large edifice to the left. The Laguna de Apastepeque crater is to the right, below Cerro Las Delicias lava dome. Near the center of the horizon is Cerro Santa Rita lava dome.

Photo by Carlos Pullinger, 1996 (Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales, El Salvador).
Laguna de Apastepeque in the foreground is one of several lake-filled maar craters in the Apastepeque volcanic field. The broad range in the distance to the right is the SE is the Tecapa massif. To the far right is the peak of Volcán Taburete. San Miguel volcano is in the midground to the left.

Photo by Carlos Pullinger, 1994 (Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales, El Salvador).
The Apastepeque volcanic field NE of San Vicente volcano consists of a dense cluster of about two dozen lava domes, scoria cones, and maars. Laguna de Apastepeque is seen here from the WNW with the Tecapa-San Miguel volcano group in the background. The visible walls of the 800-m-wide lake are only about 5 m high and the lake is approximately 50 m deep.

Photo by Carlos Pullinger, 1996 (Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales, El Salvador).
Laguna Chalchuapán is one of several maars in the Apastepeque volcanic field. The 700-m-wide crater is located immediately NE of the Hoyo de Calderas crater. Lahar deposits underlie pumice deposits exposed in the crater walls.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
San Vicente is one of several volcanoes that have been the sites of geothermal exploration projects in El Salvador. The SV-1 well in the foreground is located on the northern flank. The low Cerro el Cerrón lava dome, part of the Apastepeque volcanic field, is to the NE on the left horizon.

Photo courtesy of Comisión Ejecutiva Hidroeléctricia del Río Lempa (CEL), 1992.
Laguna de Apastepeque is one of several large lake-filled maars in the Apastepeque volcanic field. The 800-m-wide lake is about 50 m deep and is surrounded by ash deposits containing angular blocks of andesite.

Photo courtesy of Comisión Ejecutiva Hidroeléctricia del Río Lempa (CEL), 1992.
Hoyo de Caldera is a maar crater located NW of Laguna de Apastepeque. The crater is 700 m wide and 140 m deep, seen here from the SE in 1999.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
Several different features of the Apastepeque volcanic field can be seen in this view from the Hoyo de Calderas crater rim. Two lava domes are seen in the distance to the left, Cerro Las Delicias and Cerro Santa Rita (far left). The larger volcano in the haze behind Cerro Santa Rita is San Vincente.

Photo by Giuseppina Kysar, 1999 (Smithsonian Institution).
Several maars of the Apastepeque volcanic field are seen in this vertical aerial view. The two lake-filled maars are Laguna de Apastepeque (the light-colored lake at the lower right) and Laguna Chalchuapa (the dark-colored lake at the right-center). SW of it is the large dry maar Hoyo de Calderas, and other dry maars appear at the upper left and lower right. The Pan-American highway cuts across the bottom of the photo, and the town of San Esteban Catarina is at the lower left, immediately west of Cerro Las Delicias lava dome.

Aerial photo by Instituto Geográfico Nacional El Salvador, 1992.
GVP Map Holdings

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. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.


Title: Mapa Geologico Minero de La Republica de Nicaragua
Publisher: INETER, Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Terriroriales
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1995
Series: Mapa geologico
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Mapa Geologico Minero de La Republica de Nicaragua

Title: Mapa Geologico Minero de La Republica de Nicaragua
Publisher: INETER, Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Terriroriales
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1995
Series: Mapa geologico
Map Type: Geology
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Mapa Geologico Minero de La Republica de Nicaragua

Title: Bath of Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean Sea
Publisher: AAPG, Williams & Heintz Map Corp.
Country: US/ C.Am/ S.Am
Year: 1984
Map Type: Bathymetric
Scale: 1:3,289
Map of Bath of Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean Sea

Title: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
Publisher: DMA Aerospace Center
Country: NW C Am (GU ES HO)
Year: 1982
Series: TPC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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