Cerro el Ciguatepe

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  • 12.53°N
  • 86.142°W

  • 603 m
    1978 ft

  • 344132
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The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Cerro el Ciguatepe.

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Cerro el Ciguatepe is one of several Quaternary volcanoes that lie in the Nicaraguan interior highlands, east of the Nicaraguan depression. The steep-sided stratovolcano was constructed east of the Río Pacora, NE of Lake Managua at the boundary of the flat-lying Tertiary ignimbrite deposits with the fault-blocks bordering the Nicaraguan depression. A small lava flow extends a short distance beyond the base of the cone through a breach in the SW wall of the well-preserved 1.5-km-wide crater. A blocky plug dome occupies the center of the crater. The relatively well-preserved Cerro el Ciguatepe cone is morphologically similar to the youthful cones of the Nejapa alignment (van Wyk de Vries 1999, pers. comm.) and may be of Holocene age.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Cerro el Ciguatepe. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Cerro el Ciguatepe page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

The Global Volcanism Program has no synonyms or subfeatures listed for Cerro el Ciguatepe.

The small circular volcano at the center of this NASA Landsat image east (right) of the Río Pacora (left of center) is Cerro el Ciguatepe. This volcano lies in the Nicaraguan interior highlands, east of yellow-colored Lake Managua (lower left). A prominent breach can be seen in the SW wall of the well-preserved 1.5-km-wide crater. A small lava flow extends a short distance beyond the base of the cone through the breach, and a blocky plug dome was emplaced in the center of the crater. The dark-colored lake at the upper right is Laguna Moyua.

NASA Landsat7 image (worldwind.arc.nasa.gov)
The stratovolcano at the lower center of this radar image is Cerro el Ciguatepe, one of several Quaternary volcanoes that lie in the Nicaraguan interior highlands. A well-preserved 1.5-km-wide crater is breached to the SW and partially filled by a blocky plug dome. The steep-sided stratovolcano was constructed at the boundary of flat-lying Tertiary ignimbrite deposits and fault-blocks bordering the Nicaraguan depression.

Radar image, 1971 (courtesy of Jaime Incer).

The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography. 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.

IAVCEI, 1973-80. Post-Miocene Volcanoes of the World. IAVCEI Data Sheets, Rome: Internatl Assoc Volc Chemistry Earth's Interior..

McBirney A R, Williams H, 1965. Volcanic history of Nicaragua. Univ Calif Pub Geol Sci, 55: 1-65.

Parsons Corporation, 1972. The Geology of Western Nicaragua. Nicaragua Tax Improvement and Natural Resources Inventory Project, Final Technical Rpt, v. IV.

van Wyk de Vries B, 1999. . (pers. comm.).

Volcano Types

Stratovolcano
Lava dome

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)

Rock Types

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Basalt / Picro-Basalt

Population

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3,187
88,943
3,635,767

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Cerro el Ciguatepe Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
Smithsonian Collections Search the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections database. Go to the "Search Rocks and Ores" tab and use the Volcano Name drop-down to find samples.