Carrán-Los Venados

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Carrán-Los Venados


Cerro Los Guindos (center) as seen from south; Mocho-Choshuenco volcano in left background
Highest point
Elevation 1,114 m (3,655 ft)
Coordinates 40°18′29″S72°04′12″W / 40.308°S 72.07°W / -40.308; -72.07 (highest point)
Location Chile
Mountain type Pyroclastic cones, maars
Volcanic arc/belt Southern Volcanic Zone
Last eruption April to May 1979

Carrán-Los Venados (Spanish pronunciation:  [kaˈran los βeˈnaðos] ) is a volcanic group of scoria cones, maars and small stratovolcanoes in southern Chile, southeast of Ranco Lake. The highest cone is Los Guindos (Spanish for "The Cherry Trees), which is a small stratovolcano with an elevation of 1,114 metres (3,655 ft). The volcanic group has recorded eruptions from 1955 and 1979. Located south of Maihue Lake and north Puyehue Volcano Carrán-Los Venados group is placed at the intersection of several faults on the thin crust (~30 km) of southern Chile, among them Liquiñe-Ofqui and Futrono Fault.

A volcanic group is a collection of related volcanoes or volcanic landforms. The term is also used in a different sense when it denotes a suite of associated rock strata largely of volcanic origin; see group (stratigraphy) for details.

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Southern Chile is an informal geographic term for any place south of the capital city, Santiago, or south of Biobío River, the mouth of which is Concepción, about 300 kilometres (200 mi) south of Santiago. Generally cities like Temuco are considered to be located in the south despite being relatively close to the geographical center of Chile. This is mainly because mainland Chile ended in La Frontera until the occupation of Araucanía (1860s-1880s). Similarly, the Southern Chile wine region is close to the geographic center of the country, encompassing wine-growing areas in the Bío Bío Region and Araucanía Region.



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