San Quintín Volcanic Field

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  • Mexico
  • Mexico
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  • 30.468°N
  • 115.996°W

  • 260 m
    853 ft

  • 341002
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There are no Holocene eruptions known for San Quintín Volcanic Field. If this volcano has had large eruptions prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

The following references are the sources used for data regarding this volcano. References are linked directly to our volcano data file. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title. Additional discussion of data sources can be found under Volcano Data Criteria.

Gastil R G, Phillips R P, Allison E C, 1975. Reconnaissance geology of the State of Baja California. Geol Soc Amer Mem, 140: 1-170.

Luhr J F, Aranda-Gomez J J, Housh T B, 1995. San Quintin volcanic field, Baja California Norte, Mexico: geology, petrology, and geochemistry. J Geophys Res, 100: 10,353-10,380.

Medina F, Suarez F, Espindola J M, 1989. Historic and Holocene volcanic centers in NW Mexico. Bull Volc Eruptions, 26: 91-93.

Ortega-Rivera A, Bohnel H, Lee J, 2004. The San Quintin volcanic field--40Ar/39Ar geochronology and paleomagnetism. Proc Geol Soc Amer Penrose Conf, Metepec, Puebla, Mexico, Abs, p 59.

Saunders A D, Rogers G, Marriner G F, Terrell D J, Verma S P, 1987. Geochemistry of Cenozoic volcanic rocks, Baja California, Mexico: implications for the petrogenesis of post-subduction magmas. J Volc Geotherm Res, 32: 223-245.

Woodford A O, 1928. The San Quintin volcanic field, lower California. Amer J Sci, 15: 337-345.

San Quintín volcanic field on the NW coast of Baja California consists of 11 late-Pleistocene to Holocene volcanic complexes. Low lava shields, initially submarine, are capped by well-preserved scoria cones. San Quintín rocks are similar to intraplate or oceanic island alkalic rocks and differ from other Baja alkalic volcanic suites. San Quintín is the only Quaternary volcanic field in Baja California where lower-crustal and upper-mantle xenoliths are found. The field is located at the margins of the Y-shaped San Quintín Bay and includes a northern and southern group of cones, Monte Mazo (connected to the mainland by a long tombolo), and Isla San Martín, 5 km offshore to the west. The youngest craters overlie deposits thought to be dated at 5-6000 years before present, and Gastil et al. (1975) considered the southern cones of Vizcaino and Sudoeste to possibly be less than 3000 years old. However, later Argon/Argon dating (Ortega-Rivera et al., 2004) restricted eruptions to a range of between about 20,000 to 180,000 years ago.