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Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador
Transcript of Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador
The Highest Active Volcano on Earth
By: Angelita Gillette
Plates and Location
Type of Volcano
The Cotopaxi Volcano is a composite volcano. Cotopaxi has both explosive and non-explosive eruptions.
The Cotopaxi Volcano was thought to mean "neck of the moon" in an unknown language that the natives once spoke. There is no actual proof or evidence. The volcano was named after a settlement called Cotopaxi along the Arkansas River.
Effects of the Volcano
There have been about 80 eruptions in its lifetime and over 50 since 1738. The most violent eruptions were in 1744, 1768, 1877, and 1904. The last eruption occurred in 1940. The Cotopaxi volcano has been dormant for 70+ years.
Latitude: 0.6806 degrees south Longitude78.4378 degrees west
Plate: Nazca Oceanic Continent: South America
Plate Boundary: Convergent
Type of Volcano: Composite
Type of Eruptions: Explosive and nonexplosive
The Cotopaxi Volcano is located in South America approximately 50 km south of the capital city of Ecuador, Quito. The Nazca Oceanic Plate and the South American Plate made a convergent boundary and formed the volcano. The Nazca plate went into the subduction zone under the South American Plate.
Age Of Volcano
About 5000 years old