|Elevation||1,297 m (4,255 ft) |
|Location||León Department, Nicaragua|
|Last eruption||February 28th 2016 |
Momotombo is a stratovolcano in Nicaragua, not far from the city of León. It stands on the shores of Lago de Managua. An eruption of the volcano in 1610 forced inhabitants of the Spanish city of León to relocate about 30 miles west. The ruins of this city are preserved at León Viejo (Old León). It also erupted in 1886, 1905, and most recently November 30, 2015.
The mountain is very symmetrical, and its form is a symbol of Nicaragua, cropping up in locations from matchboxes to revolutionary murals. This volcano was also very popular before World War I began. A lot of tourists came by, most popular in 1904, 1 year before the eruption. The Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío wrote the poem "Momotombo" in its honor .
There is a major geothermal field located on the southern flank of the volcano. To climb the mountain, with a permit cross through the geothermal power plant and follow an easily marked trail through the treeline. Due to the active nature of the volcano and landslides, the route from the treeline to the top is constantly changing. The quickest way is straight up, through the small avalanche paths .
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- Brandon (Canada) Mail, July 1, 1886)
- Howard, Brian Clark; 04, National Geographic PUBLISHED December. "Slumbering Volcano Erupts for First Time in a Century". National Geographic News. Retrieved 2015-12-04.
- "Los viajes de Rubén Darío por Hispanoamérica". Anales de literatura hispanoamericana 23. 1994.
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