Antisana

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Antisana
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Antisana in March 2008
Highest point
Elevation 5,704 m (18,714 ft) [1] [2]
Prominence 1,678 m (5,505 ft) [1]
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 00°28′53″S78°08′27″W / 0.48139°S 78.14083°W / -0.48139; -78.14083 Coordinates: 00°28′53″S78°08′27″W / 0.48139°S 78.14083°W / -0.48139; -78.14083 [2]
Geography
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Antisana
Parent range Cordillera Real (Andes)
Geology
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Volcanic arc/belt North Volcanic Zone
Last eruption 1801 to 1802 [2]
Climbing
Easiest route snow/ice climb [?]

Antisana is a stratovolcano of the northern Andes, in Ecuador. It is the fourth highest volcano in Ecuador, at 5,704 metres (18,714 ft), and is located 50 kilometres (31 mi) SE of the capital city of Quito.

Stratovolcano Tall, conical volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava and other ejecta

A stratovolcano, also known as a composite volcano, is a conical volcano built up by many layers (strata) of hardened lava, tephra, pumice and ash. Unlike shield volcanoes, stratovolcanoes are characterized by a steep profile with a summit crater and periodic intervals of explosive eruptions and effusive eruptions, although some have collapsed summit craters called calderas. The lava flowing from stratovolcanoes typically cools and hardens before spreading far, due to high viscosity. The magma forming this lava is often felsic, having high-to-intermediate levels of silica, with lesser amounts of less-viscous mafic magma. Extensive felsic lava flows are uncommon, but have travelled as far as 15 km (9.3 mi).

Andes mountain range running along the tu mamide of South America

The Andes or Andean Mountains are the longest continental mountain range in the world, forming a continuous highland along the western edge of South America. This range is about 7,000 km (4,300 mi) long, about 200 to 700 km wide, and of an average height of about 4,000 m (13,000 ft). The Andes extend from north to south through seven South American countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

Ecuador Republic in South America

Ecuador, officially the Republic of Ecuador, is a country in northwestern South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) west of the mainland. The capital city is Quito, which is also the largest city.

Contents

Antisana presents one of the most challenging technical climbs in the Ecuadorian Andes.[ citation needed ]

See also

Mikakucha is a lake in the Napo Province in Ecuador. It is situated in the Antisana Ecological Reserve, southwest of the volcano Antisana.

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Chacana is a large 32-km long - 18-24 km wide caldera that has erupted in historical times. It forms one of the largest rhyolite centers in the Northern Andes with major eruptions over the past 240,000, 180,00, and 160,000 years ago and has had andesitic-rhyolitic volcanism. With dactic lava flows continuing into historical times. Lava domes were also constructed in the Holocene. Chacana is located 30 km from Quito and the large Antisana volcano is constructed to the southeast.

References

  1. 1 2 "Ecuador" Ultra-Prominence page. Peaklist.org. This peak is sometimes listed at 5,758 m or 5,753 m, though these figures are incompatible with SRTM data which suggests an estimated elevation closer to 5,704 m. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  2. 1 2 3 "Antisana". Global Volcanism Program . Smithsonian Institution . Retrieved 2010-11-05.