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Malpaisillo

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  • Nicaragua
  • México and Central America
  • Pyroclastic shield
  • Pleistocene
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 12.58°N
  • 86.6°W

  • 181 m
    594 ft

  • 344801
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit
    Elevation

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The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Malpaisillo.

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Eruptive History

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Malpaisillo. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Malpaisillo 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 Malpaisillo.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Malpaisillo.

Photo Gallery

Las Pilas volcano is seen here in an aerial view from the south, with the dramatic El Hoyo pit crater below the summit at the left center. The arcuate ridge at the right beyond Las Pilas is the NE rim of a large crater cutting the older Cerro el Picacho volcano. The flat area in the background beyond Cerro el Picacho on the floor of the Nicaraguan depression is the Malpaisillo pyroclastic shield volcano.

Photo by Jaime Incer, 1981.
The flat light-colored area at the top of the photo beyond Las Pilas volcano in the foreground is the Malpaisillo caldera. This large but topographically indistinct pyroclastic shield volcano lies in the Nicaraguan depression NE of Las Pilas volcano and NNW of Momotombo volcano. Formation of the 10-km-wide Malpaisillo caldera produced extensively dissected dacitic airfall and ignimbrite deposits that extend across the graben east of the Marrabios Range and reach into Lake Managua to the SE.

Photo by Jaime Incer, 1995.
The flat-lying floor of the topographically indistinct 10-km-wide Malpaisillo pyroclastic shield volcano lies in the center of this radar image of the Nicaraguan depression. The Malpaisillo road crosses the image diagonally from the SW to the NE, and the town of Malpaisillo is outlined in black below the road at the left-center. Extensively dissected dacitic airfall and ignimbrite deposits are seen north of the 10-km-wide caldera, and lava flows from Las Pilas complex at the lower left lie SW of the caldera.

Radar image, 1971 (courtesy of Jaime Incer).
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: Malacatoya
Publisher: INETER, Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Terriroriales
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1988
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Malacatoya

Title: Granada
Publisher: INETER, Instituto Nicaraguense de Estudios Terriroriales
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1988
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Granada

Title: West Indies: The Making of America
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Country: W Indies
Year: 1987
Series: National Geographic
Map Type: Geographic
Scale: 1:4,395
Map of West Indies: The Making of America

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: Masaya
Publisher: IGN
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1973
Series: E752
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Masaya

Title: Las Mercedes
Publisher: IGN
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1973
Series: E752
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:50,000
Map of Las Mercedes

Title: Masaya
Publisher: DGC-Managua, Nicaragua
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1971
Series: Side-looking radar image
Map Type: Photo (Radar)
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Masaya

Title: Managua
Publisher: DGC-Managua, Nicaragua
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1971
Series: Side-looking radar image
Map Type: Photo (Radar)
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Managua

Title: Granada
Publisher: DGC-Managua, Nicaragua
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1971
Series: Side-looking radar image
Map Type: Photo (Radar)
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Granada

Title: Boaco
Publisher: DGC-Managua, Nicaragua
Country: Nicaragua
Year: 1971
Series: Side-looking radar image
Map Type: Photo (Radar)
Scale: 1:100,000
Map of Boaco
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

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

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