Nevado San Francisco

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Nevado San Francisco
Vegas de San Francisco.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 6,016 m (19,738 ft) [1]
Coordinates 26°55′S 68°15′W / 26.917°S 68.250°W / -26.917; -68.250
Location Argentina-Chile
Parent range Andes
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Last eruption Unknown

Nevado San Francisco, or Cerro San Francisco (Spanish pronunciation: [sam fɾanˈsisko]), is a stratovolcano on the border between Argentina and Chile, located just southeast of San Francisco Pass. It is considered extinct and is one of the several 6,000 m (19,700 ft) peaks in the area, of which the chief is the Ojos del Salado. The volcano is composed from andesite with the exception of basaltic cones and lava flows on the eastern side. These cones are part of the Peinado lineament and a sample was dated 200,000 years ago by argon chronology.[2]:74-75 On the summit lie two circle-shaped constructs, of Inca or Formative period ages.[2]:351, 432


See also[edit]

"San Francisco". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution.