BackgroundThe San Pedro-Pellado volcanic complex has been active since about 5 million years ago. It overlies the deeply eroded Pellado stratovolcano; both were constructed within the 6 x 12 km Río Colorado caldera. The caldera formed during a large explosive eruption about 0.5 million years ago.
The Tatara basaltic-andesite shield volcano at the western end of the complex contains up to 100 or more lava flows reaching a total thickness of up to 1500 m.
The dominantly andesitic San Pedro stratovolcano overlies the Tatara edifice.
A major Holocene east-flank debris avalanche filled the Río de la Puente valley to the south and was followed by eruptions from within the avalanche scarp low on the east flank. It produced lava flows down the Estero Pellado drainage.
San Pedro-Pellado Photos
Atitlán, Toliman, and San Pedro volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Early morning at the shore of Lake Atitlán with Atitlán, Toliman and San Pedro volcanoes in the background (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lake Atitlán at sunrise with Toliman and Atitlán and San Pedro volcanoes (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sunrise above the Lake Atitlán with Atitlán, Toliman and San Pedro volcanoes behind (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
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