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Volcanoes in El Salvador – November 3rd, 2011

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November 3rd, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Volcanoes

El Salvador - October 27th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows many volcanic peaks to the east of the Lempa River and north of Jiquilisco Bay, in El Salvador. The volcano furthest east, just below the image center, is San Miguel (also known as Chaparrastique). It is one of the most active volcanoes in the country.

North of the San Miguel volcano is Chinameca (also known as El Pacayal),  topped by a 2 km wide caldera known as Laguna Seca del Pacayal. A satellite cone on the west side, Cerro el Limbo, rises higher than the caldera rim.

Continuing westward, the large stratovolcano Usulután can be identified as the peak on the coastal plain closest to the bay. At the top of the volcano is a 1.3 km wide summit crater that is breached on the eastern side.

West of Usulután is the Taburete stratovolcano. At its top is a well-preserved, 150-300 m (500–1000 ft) deep summit crater, with the true summit on the south side of the crater rim.

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