Pali-Aike Volcanic Field

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Pali-Aike Volcanic Field
Elevation 282 m (925 ft)
Location
Location Patagonia, ArgentinaChile
Range Andes
Coordinates 52°S 70°W / 52°S 70°W / -52; -70Coordinates: 52°S 70°W / 52°S 70°W / -52; -70
Geology
Type Volcanic field, cinder cones, maars
Last eruption 5550 BCE ± 1000 years

Pali-Aike Volcanic Field (also spelled Palei-Aike) is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene volcanic field in Patagonia on the ArgentinaChile border, located north of the Straits of Magellan about 150 km northeast of Punta Arenas, Chile. The volcanic field contains lake-filled maars, along with basaltic scoria cones and spatter cones with fresh-looking lava flows. It is the southernmost basaltic volcanic field in Patagonia. A notable crater within this volcanic field is the Pali Aike Crater.

Pali Aike Crater[edit]

The Pali Aike Crater is an extinct volcano cone within a series of such craters in Pali-Aike National Park (in the Chilean part of Patagonia). The locale of this crater is a semi-desert.[1] This crater within the Pali-Aike Volcanic Field has an extant lava tube which has yielded archaeological traces termed by C. Michael Hogan as potentially some of the earliest recoveries of prehistoric man in the Americas,[2] with dates estimated between 14000 and 10000 yA.[2] This crater's lava tube along with that at Cueva Fell has been submitted to UNESCO as a possible World Heritage Site.[3]

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