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Laguna de Ayarza and Volcanoes in Guatemala and El Salvador – March 12th, 2010

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March 12th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Volcanoes

Guatemala and El Salvador - February 12th, 2010

Guatemala and El Salvador - February 12th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows an area around the Guatemala (left) – El Salvador (right) border with many volcanoes and volcanic features. Towards the top, in the upper left quadrant, is Laguna de Ayarza, a crater lake in Guatemala.

The lake is a caldera that was created some 20,000 years ago by a catastropic eruption that destroyed a twinned volcano and blanketed the entire region with a layer of pumice. The lake has a surface area of 14 km² and a maximum depth of 230 m.

East of the lake are first the Tahual, then the Suchitán stratovolcanoes. To its southeast is Volcán de Flores, the most prominent stratovolcano in a volcanic field composed of several small volcanoes. It is located approximately 10 km west of the city of Jutiapa.

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