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Geological Setting, Volcanic Stratigraphy, and Flank Failure of the El Estribo Volcano, Pátzcuaro (Michoacán, Mexico)

  • A. PolaEmail author
  • J. L. Macías
  • S. Osorio-Ocampo
  • V. H. Garduño-Monroy
  • Cardona S. Melchor
  • J. Martínez-Martínez
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Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


The El Estribo Volcano is located within the Michoacán–Guanajuato Volcanic Field in western México. Previous works have considered this volcano as a single cinder cone. The results of this study, however, suggest that it consists of a basal shield volcano crowned by a cinder cone. The upper cinder cone has a 1.2 km base and a 0.5 km crater with a maximum altitude of 2450 m a.s.l. The shield volcano has a basal diameter of 3.6 km and it is cut by an E–W-oriented normal fault. Several landslides have been triggered at the fault scarp, resulting in debris avalanche deposits being emplaced to the north into Lake Pátzcuaro. A refined stratigraphy of El Estribo Volcano comprises three main lithological units (Flv-la, E-Sh, and E-Ci): (1) three different sequences of lacustrine and ash layers with ages >30,000 yr, 10,000–30,000 yr, and <3000 yr, respectively (Flv-la); (2) basaltic–andesitic lava flows of the shield volcano (E-Sh); and (3) stratified scoria falls, reworked beds, and scoria falls interbedded with pyroclastic surge deposits (E-Ci) covering a palaeosol dated at 28,360 ± 170 yr BP (Ps). The southern shore of Lake Pátzcuaro is characterized by at least two debris-avalanche deposits, with marked differences in morphology. The first one, dated at 28,000 yr BP, presents an emplacement length of 3.2 km and a height/length (H/L) ratio of 0.06. The second one, dated at 14,000 yr BP, has a maximum run-out of 2 km and an H/L ratio of 0.08. The causes of these collapses are still under study and may involve the operation of different factors, such as: (i) destabilization during the emplacement of the cinder cone; (ii) different rock strengths between the involved rocks and sediments; (iii) seismic events; and (iv) slope instability.


Geological evolution Stratigraphy Flank collapse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Pola
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. L. Macías
    • 1
  • S. Osorio-Ocampo
    • 2
  • V. H. Garduño-Monroy
    • 3
  • Cardona S. Melchor
    • 3
  • J. Martínez-Martínez
    • 4
  1. 1.Instituto de GeofísicaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Unidad MichoacánMoreliaMexico
  2. 2.Instituto de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas. Maestría en Geociencias y planificación del territorioUniversidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de HidalgoMoreliaMexico
  3. 3.Instituto de Investigaciones MetalúrgicasUniversidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de HidalgoMoreliaMexico
  4. 4.Ciencias de la Tierra y del Medio AmbienteUniversidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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