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5 of the World’s Biggest Volcanoes

5 of the World’s Biggest Volcanoes

February 20, 2013616Views3Comments

When considering the tallest peaks on the planet, volcanoes don’t always come to mind. However, there are some truly massive volcanoes in the world, and many of these peaks are still active. Seeing a volcano of such large size can be a truly awe-inspiring experience.

 

Popocatepetl

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One of the tallest volcanoes on earth is Popocatepetl, which is located on the border of the states of México, Morelos and Puebla in Mexico. Popocatepetl has a diameter of about 16 miles and is 17,880 feet tall. This peak, which is just 45 miles from Mexico City, often sends ash, smoke or hot rocks into the air. In 2005, it erupted, spewing lava and ash. Since then, smoke, explosions and near eruptions have become more frequent.

 

Guallatiri

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Guallatiri, located in Chile, is even bigger than Popocatepetl. This volcano is 19,918 feet tall. It is permanently covered in slabs of ice and snow. Guallatiri is also one of the most active peaks in Chile. Its last full eruption was in 1960, but smoke or steam can often be seen streaming from its top.

 

Sangay

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via Google Images

The most active volcano in Ecuador, called Sangay, is also one of the largest in the world. It is 17,388 feet tall. This peak last erupted in 1934, which seems like quite some time ago. However, this eruption never really ceased. Although Sangay experiences periods of calm, it is almost constantly active, and spews lava, rocks, smoke and gas in a nearly endless stream. Despite this, adventurous hikers often attempt to climb the mountain, despite the many dangers presented by it.

 

Klyuchevskaya Sopka

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Klyuchevskaya Sopka, which is located in Russia, is another tall volcano. It towers over its neighbors at 15,584 feet. Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the most active peak on the Kamchatka Peninsula, which is home to many other fiery mountains. The mountain, which is covered in a near-permanent layer of snow, erupted in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and constantly spews debris into the air. When it erupts, many of the neighboring volcanoes also erupt.

 

Tajumulco

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Another huge, fiery peak is Tajumulco in Guatemala. This volcano is 13,845 feet tall. There have been many reported eruptions, but few of these have been confirmed. It last displayed activity in 2008. Today, Tajumulco is a protected area, mostly enjoyed by hikers who want to explore the mountain’s natural beauty and landscape.

 

3 Comments

  1. What a dramatic picture that is of the Klyuchevskaya Sop. I believe this could be the famous photo taken by nature guide and photographer Denis Budkov, who captured a beautiful picture, which shows a cone-shaped lenticular cloud capping the Klyuchevskaya Sopka strato volcano in Russia. And if it is not, then this volcano must truly be mystical because it wouldn’t be the first time a strange cloud envelops it.

  2. These are all amazing pictures of such immense mountain / volcanic terrains. But that Google image of the Russian Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano is like something right out of a midlevel science fiction movie. It looks like the mountain where the hobbits go to destroy the ring in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I guess you’ll need some of the equipment from here to scale any of these mountain ranges.

  3. I know these are dangerous but just look at them they are so beautiful as well. I can remember all the stories about that big one in China blowing up and the damage it did many years ago so what happens if one lays dormant for so long and finally blows its top will it level the towns around it? What kind of warning signals do they have for these things?

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