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Volcan el Cantaro volcano

Stratovolcano 2920 m / 9580 ft
Mexico, 19.72°N / -103.63°W
Current status: (probably) extinct (0 out of 5) | Reports
Volcan el Cantaro volcano books
Typical eruption style: unspecified
Volcan el Cantaro volcano eruptions: None during the past 10,000 years
Less than few million years ago (Pleistocene) No recent earthquakes
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Volcán el Cántaro is the northernmost of a chain of volcanoes rising above the floor of the Colima rift zone. Cántaro, with Potassium-Argon ages ranging from 1.7 to 1.0 million years, is the oldest volcano of the Cántaro-Colima volcanic complex, which extends south through Nevado de Colima to the historically active Volcán de Colima. Cántaro is erosionally modified, but has many well-preserved andesitic-dacitic lava domes on its northern and eastern flanks. The biotite-bearing rocks of Cántaro contrast to the more mafic biotite-free rocks of Nevado de Colima and Volcán de Colima. The southward-migrating volcanism of the Cántaro-Colima chain is also reflected by a southward-younging progression at Cántaro itself.
Source: Smithsonian / GVP volcano information

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