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Volcanoes in Patagonia, Chile

January 31st, 2009 Category: Volcanoes

Patagonia, Chile - January 27th, 2009

Patagonia, Chile - January 27th, 2009

Detail of volcanoes

Detail of volcanoes

Many volcanoes can be seen, capped with snow, in the Andes Mountains in Chilean Patagonia.

While the main image shows a general view of the area, from the Pacific Ocean, across Chile and the Andes, into Argentina, the first image detail contains a close-up look at the many volcanoes and lakes.

The second close-up focuses on Maipo, a stratovolcano north of Patagonia lying on the border between Argentina and Chile. It is located about 100 km (60 miles) southeast of Santiago.

Maipo retains a symmetrical, conical volcanic shape, unlike many of the other nearby peaks. Some smoke is visible blowing westward from near the volcano, though it is unclear if it is being vented from Maipo itself or caused by forest fires in the area.

Close-up of smoke and Maipo volcano

Close-up of smoke and Maipo volcano

The grey area surrounding the volcano is the Diamante Caldera, a feature of about 15 km by 20 km size. On the eastern side of the caldera floor, is the Laguna del Diamante, a lake that formed when lava flows blocked drainage channels from the caldera in 1826.

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