Nevado del Quindío
|Nevado del Quindío|
Nevado del Quindio, province of Cauca : waterpainting of Manuel María Paz (1853).
|Elevation||4,760 m (15,620 ft) |
|Parent range||Cordillera Central, Andes|
|Easiest route||Cocora valley, Quindío|
The Nevado del Quindío is an inactive volcano located in the Central Cordillera of the Andes in central Colombia. The summit marks the tripoint of the departments of Risaralda, Quindío and Tolima, and is also the highest point of the departments of Risaralda and Quindío. The mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Los Nevados National Natural Park, which is a wildlife sanctuary. There are no historical records of any eruption.
The snow fields and glaciers in the mountain are decreasing in a progressive way, about ten percent annually since the first scientific measures in the late 1980s, presumably because of the global warming (see greenhouse effect for details).
In popular culture
The postal service of Colombia AdPostal released a postal stamp featuring the Nevado del Quindío and Alexander von Humboldt to celebrate the anniversary of his visit. It is a strato or composite volcano, this is showed on geological studios.
- Parque Nacional Natural los Nevados website (in Spanish and English)
- "Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados". SummitPost.org. 2007-04-12. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
- Richard S. Williams, Jr.; Jane G. Ferrigno (1999-01-24). "Ruiz-Tolima Volcanic Massif (Cordillera Central)". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-09-30.