Recent explosive volcanism at the eastern Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt

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

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Abstract

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
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Stratigraphy
  • Palaeontology

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