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For the mountain in Peru, see Uturunku (Peru).
Elevation 6,008 m (19,711 ft)[1]
Location Bolivia
Coordinates 22°16′S 67°11′W / 22.27°S 67.18°W / -22.27; -67.18
Type Stratovolcano
Last eruption Pleistocene

Uturunku (Quechua for "jaguar",[2][3] hispanicized spellings Uturunco, Uturuncu), the highest summit in southwestern Bolivia, is a stratovolcano in the Potosí Department, Sur Lípez Province, San Pablo de Lípez Municipality. The volcano produced lava between 890,000 and 271,000 years ago, with younger lavas found at higher altitudes.[4] There are clusters of active fumarole near the summit.[5]

Researchers have determined that a large, roughly circular "disc" of land surrounding the volcano, approximately 70 km across, has been rising at 1 to 2 cm per year since at least the early 1990s, making it "one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on the Earth", according to volcanologist Shan de Silva.[6] [7]

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  1. ^ 2003 Fall Meeting of American Geophysical Union
  2. ^ Diccionario Quechua - Español - Quechua, Academía Mayor de la Lengua Quechua, Gobierno Regional Cusco, Cusco 2005 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  3. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  4. ^ American Journal of Science
  5. ^ Global Volcanism Program
  6. ^ Andrea Mustain (24 October 2011). "Rapidly Inflating Volcano Creates Growing Mystery". LiveScience.com. 
  7. ^ "Bolivian 'supervolcano' could alter global climate". Greenwire. 14 February 2012.