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Pomerape and the saddle below, as seen from south (Parinacota slopes)
Highest point
Elevation6,282 m (20,610 ft) [1]
Prominence950 metres (3,120 ft)
Isolation4 kilometres (2.5 mi)
Coordinates18°07′33″S 69°07′39″W / 18.12583°S 69.12750°W / -18.12583; -69.12750
Pomerape is located in Chile
Parent rangeAndes
Age of rockPleistocene
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Last eruption290 AD ± 300 years
Easiest routesnow/ice climb

Pomerape is a stratovolcano lying on the border of northern Chile and Bolivia (Oruro Department, Sajama Province, Curahuara de Carangas Municipality).[2] It is part of the Payachata complex of volcanoes, together with Parinacota Volcano to the south. The name "Payachata" means "twins" and refers to their appearance.[3] It hosts glaciers down to elevations of 5,300–5,800 metres (17,400–19,000 ft), lower on the northern slope.[4]

Pomerape is a complex of lava domes, accompanied by lava flows which were emplaced atop of the domes.[5] It was active about 200,000 years ago.[6] The lava domes formed first and were later buried by the actual volcanic cone, which unlike the rhyolitic-dacitic domes is formed by hornblende andesite.[7] The "Chungará Andesites" and lava dome complex of Parinacota were laid down at this time.[8] Pomerape is associated with an adventive vent that has erupted mafic magmas. The main cone was last active 106,000 +- 7,000 years ago,[9] the adventive vent is dated to 205,000 ± 24,000 years ago.[10]

Climbing the volcano is alpine grade AD, sometimes on 50+ degree snow/rubble slope. A camp can be established at 5,300 metres (17,390 ft) at the saddle between Parinacota and Pomerape. Depending on the season, the main difficulty can be penitentes (tall ice-blade needles), which make the ascent physically difficult or impossible.

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  1. ^ Chilean IGM elevation Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Map of Curahuara de Carangas Municipality and population data Archived 2014-11-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Schull, William J. (1990). "Introduction: The Place and the Study". In Schull, William J.; Rothhammer, Francisco. The Aymara. Studies in Human Biology. 2. Springer Netherlands. pp. 1–18. doi:10.1007/978-94-009-2141-2_1. ISBN 9789401074636.
  4. ^ Carrasco, Jorge F.; Osorio, Roberto; Casassa, Gino (2008-07-01). "Secular trend of the equilibrium-line altitude on the western side of the southern Andes, derived from radiosonde and surface observations". Journal of Glaciology. 54 (186): 545. doi:10.3189/002214308785837002.
  5. ^ Gonzalez-Ferran, Oscar (1994). Volcanes de Chile (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Santiago, Chile: Instituto geografico militar. p. 113. ISBN 9789562020541.
  6. ^ Wörner, Gerhard; Moorbath, Stephen; Horn, Susanne; Entenmann, Jürgen; Harmon, Russel S.; Davidson, Jon P.; Lopez-Escobar, Leopoldo (1994). Reutter, Professor Dr Klaus-Joachim; Scheuber, Dr Ekkehard; Wigger, Dr Peter J., eds. Tectonics of the Southern Central Andes. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 81. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-77353-2_5. ISBN 9783642773556.
  7. ^ Wörner, G.; Harmon, R. S.; Davidson, J.; Moorbath, S.; Turner, D. L.; McMillan, N.; Nyes, C.; Lopez-Escobar, L.; Moreno, H. (1988-09-01). "The Nevados de Payachata volcanic region (18°S/69°W, N. Chile)". Bulletin of Volcanology. 50 (5): 287–303. doi:10.1007/BF01073587. ISSN 0258-8900.
  8. ^ Hora, J. M.; Singer, B. S.; Worner, G. (2007). "Volcano evolution and eruptive flux on the thick crust of the Andean Central Volcanic Zone: 40Ar/39Ar constraints from Volcan Parinacota, Chile". Geological Society of America Bulletin. 119 (3–4): 343–362. doi:10.1130/b25954.1.
  9. ^ Wörner, Gerhard; Hammerschmidt, Konrad; Henjes-Kunst, Friedhelm; Lezaun, Judith; Wilke, Hans (2000-12-01). "Geochronology (40Ar/39Ar, K-Ar and He-exposure ages) of Cenozoic magmatic rocks from Northern Chile (18-22°S): implications for magmatism and tectonic evolution of the central Andes". Revista Geológica de Chile. 27 (2): 205–240. doi:10.4067/S0716-02082000000200004 (inactive 2018-12-08). ISSN 0716-0208.
  10. ^ Gonzalez-Ferran, Oscar (1994). Volcanes de Chile (1st ed.). Santiago, Chile: Instituto geografico militar. p. 113. ISBN 9789562020541.