Maipo (volcano)

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Volcan Maipo et sa Lagune.JPG
Maipo volcano and its lake
Highest point
Elevation5,264 m (17,270 ft) [1]
Prominence1,989 m (6,526 ft)
Maipo Maipu is located in Argentina
Maipo Maipu
Location on Argentina – Chile border
Parent rangeAndes
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruption1912[2]
First ascent1883
Easiest routesnow/ice climb

Maipo is a stratovolcano in the Andes, lying on the border between Argentina and Chile. It is located 90 km (56 mi) south of Tupungato, one of the highest mountains in the Americas, and about 100 km (62 mi) southeast of Santiago.

History[change | change source]

The first ascent of this peak was made on 19 January 1833 by Paul Güssfeldt, a German geologist, mountaineer and explorer, together with two Chilean guides: Lorenzo Zamorano and Francisco (only the first name is known).[3] [4]

Geography[change | change source]

In Chile, the Maipo volcano is in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Cordillera province, San José de Maipo commune. In Argentina, it is in the Mendoza province, San Carlos department, Pareditas district.

The Maipo river starts on the western side (Chile) of the volcan. The Diamante river start on the eastern side (Argentina) in the lake with the same name.

The volcano was formed during the Pleistocene. There are four historical and confirmed records of eruptions of the Maipo: in 1826, 1829,1905 and 1912. The Laguna del Diamante ("Diamond Lake") was formed by the eruption of 1826.

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Volcán Maipo, Argentina/Chile". Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. "Maipo". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  3. Neate, Jill (1994). "Central Chile". Mountaineering in the Andes (2nd ed.). Expedition Advisory Centre. ISBN 0-907649-64-5. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  4. "Paul Gussfeldt y sus Huasos Andinistas" (in Spanish). Grupo de Montaña Perros Andinos. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Media related to Maipo at Wikimedia Commons