OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Ojos del Salado

Latitude (dd): 
-27.12
Longitude (dd): 
-68.55
Elevation (m): 
6887
Country: 
Chile/Argentina
State (Province, etc): 
Northern Chile
Type: 
Stratovolcano

 

View from old carabinero's station near the road to Laguna Verde. Elevation here is approximately 4500 meters as shown on the sign. Photo by Robert Runyard, January, 1998.

At 22,560 feet (6,887 m) Ojos del Salado, a stratovolcano, is the world's highest active volcano. Although no historic eruptions have been recorded, fumaroles are active at the summit. The absence of recorded historic eruptions may be due to the volcano's remote location more than a lack of eruptions.


Sources of Information:

Simkin, T., and Siebert, L., 1994, Volcanoes of the World: Geoscience Press, Tucson, Arizona, 349 p.