Zitácuaro-Valle de Bravo

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  • Mexico
  • Mexico
  • Caldera
  • 3050 BCE
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  • 19.4°N
  • 100.25°W

  • 3500 m
    11480 ft

  • 341061
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Summary of eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
3050 BCE ± 2000 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Potassium-Argon West of Valle de Bravo

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.

Aguirre-Diaz G J, Jaimes-Vierra M C, Nieto-Obregon J, 2006. The Valle de Bravo volcanic field: geology and geomorphometric parameters of a Quaternary monogenetic field at the front of the Mexican Volcanic Belt. In: Siebe S, Macias J-L, Aguirre-Diaz G J (eds) Neogone-Quaternary continental margin volcanism: a perspective from Mexico, {Geol Soc Amer Spec Pap}, 402: 139-154.

Blatter D L, Carmichael I S E, 1998. Hornblende peridotite xenoliths from central Mexico reveal the highly oxidized nature of subarc upper mantle. Geology, 26: 1035-1038.

Blatter D L, Carmichael I S E, 1998. Plagioclase-free andesites from Zitacuaro (Michoacan), Mexico; petrology and experimental constraints. Contr Mineral Petr, 132: 121-138.

Blatter D L, Carmichael I S E, Deino A L, Renne P R, 2001. Neogene volcanism at the front of the central Mexican volcanic belt; basaltic andesites to dacites, with contemporaneous shoshonites and high-TiO2 lava. Geol Soc Amer Bull, 113: 1324-1342.

Capra L, Macias J L, Garduno V H, 1997. The Zitacuaro volcanic complex, Michoacan, Mexico: magmatic and eruptive history of a resurgent caldera. Geof Internac, 36: 161-179.

Luhr J F, Kimberly P G, Siebert L, Aranda-Gomez J J, Housh T B, Kysar Mattietti G, 2006. Quaternary volcanic rocks: insights from the MEXPET petrological and geochemical database. In: Siebe S, Macias J-L, Aguirre-Diaz G J (eds) Neogone-Quaternary continental margin volcanism: a perspective from Mexico, {Geol Soc Amer Spec Pap}, 402: 1-44.

The Zitácuaro-Valle de Bravo volcanic field in the central part of the Mexican Volcanic Belt consists of a broad region of shield volcanoes, lava domes, and cinder cones surrounding the city of Heroica de Zitácuaro. The Zitácuaro volcanic complex itself, located SE of the city, was constructed within the 30-km-wide Las Tres Chicas caldera of Miocene age, which later underwent three post-caldera episodes of intra-caldera lava dome resurgence and included the intrusion of dacitic central lava domes, the emplacement of pyroclastic flows, and the eruption of andesitic lava flows. The youngest dated activity at the complex produced La Dieta airfall deposit about 31,000 years ago, and persistent local seismicity continues at Zitácuaro. The Valle de Bravo area to the south contains dominantly andesitic lava domes and flows, many of which were erupted along regional faults. The youngest flows were erupted at the bottom of a fault-controlled canyon; the most recent of these, west of the Valle de Bravo lake, has been Argon-Argon dated at about 5200 +/- 2300 years, and morphology suggests a Holocene age for other cones.