Natural Landmarks

Popocatépetl

Here is an absolutely beautiful image of Popocatépetl, an active volcano near Mexico City, whose name means ‘Smoking Mountain’. It is an enormous volcano, standing at 5,452 metres, making it the second highest peak in Mexico after another volcano, Pico…

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Monday, 20th June 2005

Barcena, Pacific Volcano

Larry pointed us towards this excellent little volcano island in the Pacific Ocean, roughly 400 miles southwest of the tip of Baja California Sur, Mexico. Great crater Larry, good work! Unfortunately here’s no map data of any of the islands…

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Pacaya

Pacaya is an active volcano in Guatemala. Between 1860 and 1961 the volcano was dormant, but then it re-awoke and has been pretty much active ever since, in fact it sometimes showers the nearby city of Antigua with ash. The…

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Hawaiian Volcanoes

The Hawaiian Islands are at the end of a chain of volcanoes that began to form more than 70 million years ago. Each Hawaiian island is made of at least one volcano, and the island of Hawai`i, the southernmost of…

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Ometepe Volcanoes

Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua has two volcanoes on it (as if one wasn’t enough). Shown in our thumbnail is the still active ‘Concepción’ (1610 meters), and the other to the south-west is the long dormant ‘Madera’ (1394 meters). The…

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Amboy Crater and Lava Field

Next up is the Amboy Crater, an extinct cinder cone in California’s Mojave Desert. It lies within a 70 square kilometre lava field, and it looks pretty impressive from up here! Thanks to Art Jones.

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Fill ‘er Up!

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