Lautaro (volcano)

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Southern Patagonian Ice Field.jpg
The volcano is visible in the upper portion of this NASA image, whereas Mount Fitz Roy is in the lower left corner.
Highest point
Elevation3,623 m (11,886 ft) [1]
Prominence3,345 m (10,974 ft) 
Ranked 57th
Isolation182 km (113 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates49°01′10.8″S 73°30′12.5″W / 49.019667°S 73.503472°W / -49.019667; -73.503472Coordinates: 49°01′10.8″S 73°30′12.5″W / 49.019667°S 73.503472°W / -49.019667; -73.503472[1]
Lautaro is located in Chile
Location in Chile
LocationAisén, Chile
Parent rangeAndes
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Volcanic arc/beltAustral Volcanic Zone
Last eruptionMarch 1979
First ascentJanuary 29, 1964 by Peter Skvarca and Luciano Pera[2][3][4]
Easiest routesnow/ice climb

Lautaro Volcano is an active ice-covered stratovolcano located in Chilean Patagonia, in the northern part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Its summit rises roughly 2,000 m (6,600 ft) above the average surface of the ice cap plateau.[5] It is the tallest mountain in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and in its vicinity lies Pío XI Glacier. In 1952 the volcano was given its name[4] in honor of Lautaro, who was a Mapuche military leader.

The first ascent of Lautaro was made by Peter Skvarca and Luciano Pera, on January 29, 1964. They climbed the southeast ridge, encountering many crevasses, some steep ice walls, cornices, and a snow mushroom at the summit. They found an active crater and strong sulfurous emissions near the summit.[2] The second ascent was made by Eric Jones, Mick Coffey, and Leo Dickinson on March 2, 1973, as part of a crossing of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.[3]

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  1. ^ a b The elevation and coordinates given here are from a 2007 GPS survey Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. Other sources give 3,607 metres but give no primary source.
  2. ^ a b Vojslav Arko and Peter Skvarca, "Cerro Gorra Blanca and Volcán Lautaro", American Alpine Journal, 1964, p. 223.
  3. ^ a b Leo Dickinson, "Lautaro", American Alpine Journal, 1974, p. 200-201. Available at AAJ Online Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine (PDF). See the accompanying note by H. Adams Carter.
  4. ^ a b USGS. "P 1386-I - Chile and Argentina - Wet Andes: Expeditions". Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  5. ^ MOTOKI, Akihisa, ORIHASHI, Yuji, NARANJO, José A; et al. (January 2006). "Geologic reconnaissance of Lautaro Volcano, Chilean Patagonia". Revista geológica de Chile. Rev. geol. Chile. [online]. 33 (1): 177–187. doi:10.4067/S0716-02082006000100008. ISSN 0716-0208. Retrieved 2006-09-08.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)