Recent explosive volcanism at the eastern Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

G. Carrasco-Núñez, P. Dávila-Harris, Nancy R Riggs, Michael H Ort, B. W. Zimmer, C. P. Willcox, M. J. Branney

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The eastern Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt is characterized by a diversity of volcanoes that are related to different processes and eruptive styles. The spectacular exposures of late Pleistocene and Holocene volcanism provide a unique opportunity to explore a variety of volcanic features and deposits that may be relevant for volcanic hazard assessments within the area. This three-day field guide describes selected representative examples of the regional volcanism showing volcanic features including thick pyroclastic successions derived from the explosive activity of Los Humeros caldera volcano, caldera-rim effusions, alternating explosive and effusive activity of a vitrophyric rhyolite dome (Cerro Pizarro), and the eruptive activity of two compositionally contrasting maar volcanoes: Atexcac, a classic basaltic maar and Cerro Pinto, a rhyolitic tuff ring-dome complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-113
Number of pages31
JournalGSA Field Guides
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Geology
  • Palaeontology
  • Stratigraphy

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Carrasco-Núñez, G., Dávila-Harris, P., Riggs, N. R., Ort, M. H., Zimmer, B. W., Willcox, C. P., & Branney, M. J. (2012). Recent explosive volcanism at the eastern Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. GSA Field Guides, 25, 83-113.