Lautaro (volcano)

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The volcano is visible in the upper portion of this NASA image, whereas Mount Fitz Roy is in the lower left corner.
Highest point
Elevation 3,623 m (11,886 ft) [1]
Prominence 3,345 m (10,974 ft)
Ranked 57th
Isolation 182 kilometres (113 mi)
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 49°01′10.8″S73°30′12.5″W / 49.019667°S 73.503472°W / -49.019667; -73.503472 Coordinates: 49°01′10.8″S73°30′12.5″W / 49.019667°S 73.503472°W / -49.019667; -73.503472 [1]
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Location in Chile
Location Aisén, Chile
Parent range Andes
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Volcanic arc/belt Austral Volcanic Zone
Last eruption March 1979
First ascent January 29, 1964 by Peter Skvarca and Luciano Pera [2] [3] [4]
Easiest route snow/ice climb

Lautaro Volcano is an active ice-covered stratovolcano located in Chilean Patagonia, in the northern part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Its summit rises roughly 2,000 m (6,600 ft) above the average surface of the ice cap plateau. [5] It is the tallest mountain in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and in its vicinity lies Pío XI Glacier. In 1952 the volcano was given its name [4] in honor of Lautaro, who was a Mapuche military leader.

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).

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Patagonia Region of South America

Patagonia is a sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, shared by Chile and Argentina. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains and the deserts, pampas and grasslands to the east. Patagonia is one of the few regions with coasts on three oceans, with the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Southern Ocean to the south.

The first ascent of Lautaro was made by Peter Skvarca and Luciano Pera, on January 29, 1964. They climbed the southeast ridge, encountering many crevasses, some steep ice walls, cornices, and a snow mushroom at the summit. They found an active crater and strong sulfurous emissions near the summit. [2] The second ascent was made by Eric Jones, Mick Coffey, and Leo Dickinson on March 2, 1973, as part of a crossing of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. [3]

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  1. 1 2 The elevation and coordinates given here are from a 2007 GPS survey. Other sources give 3,607 metres but give no primary source.
  2. 1 2 Vojslav Arko and Peter Skvarca, "Cerro Gorra Blanca and Volcán Lautaro", American Alpine Journal , 1964, p. 223.
  3. 1 2 Leo Dickinson, "Lautaro", American Alpine Journal, 1974, p. 200-201. Available at AAJ Online Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine (PDF). See the accompanying note by H. Adams Carter.
  4. 1 2 USGS. "P 1386-I - Chile and Argentina - Wet Andes: Expeditions" . Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  5. MOTOKI, Akihisa, ORIHASHI, Yuji, NARANJO, José A; et al. (January 2006). "Geologic reconnaissance of Lautaro Volcano, Chilean Patagonia". Revista geológica de Chile. Rev. geol. Chile. [online]. 33 (1): 177–187. doi:10.4067/S0716-02082006000100008. ISSN   0716-0208 . Retrieved 2006-09-08.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
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