You guys are like the extra pounds I gained during Thanksgiving. No matter how far I run, I cannot seem to lose you. 😀 Congratulations, Jonet for finding me at San Miguel, also called Volcán Chaparrastique down in El Salvador.
This volcano seems to have no real interesting history, eruptive or otherwise, nor have I found mention of any myths or legends surrounding it nor even popular cultural references. But what this volcano lacks in colourful past or quriks it makes up for in sheer volcanic beauty. Rising from just around sea-level to 2130 m, it is one of the more prominent geographical features in the area. Also, it has that iconic stratovolcano shape…symmetrical cone whose slopes are gentle at the bottom but become steeper near the summit. At lower altitudes, San Miguel is covered in coffee plantations, but up near the top it stays relatively naked due to regularly occurring eruptions. And most importantly, it is crowned with a deep wide summit crater, where most of its recent activity has happened.
It is said that the mountain had a sharp peak before the 16th century, but now sports a one-mile-wide crater that seems to be its own little geological microcosm of intriguing features that change with each explosive eruption. There are lava benches, fumaroles, a steaming crater pit and remnants of an old cinder cone.
San Miguel’s eruptions tend to be of the explosive sort that generate ash clouds, but has caused no significant loss of life or property for those living around it. In its past, however, San Miguel has in its past generated several lava flows. One of the volcano’s largest basalt flows was erupted from a fissure low on the volcano’s southeast flank and reached past the base of the volcano. Its cooled remnants are still visible today.
Thank you everybody who hunted for me. The end of the year and anniversary of this blog are both coming up fast, as well as my 50th virtual volcano. It has been an amazing fun year of adventure and learning, and I hope there are more years ahead. I would like to hear from you all about what you liked about my challenges, what you want more of, perhaps what you would like a little less of, or maybe you have a suggestion to make the game more exciting or challenging. OR maybe you want to be “it” once in a while. I am completely open to suggestions.
And of course, this coming Monday, “crater-quest” continues with a new adventure at a new volcano.