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Hiking around Lonquimay

 
Hiking around Lonquimay

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Object Title: Hiking around Lonquimay

Image Type(s): Hiking, Wildlife, Flora, Topo/Diagram, Informational, Scenery, Water

 

Page By: rgg

Created/Edited: May 14, 2014 / May 14, 2014

Object ID: 897407

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Overview

Dead forest northeast of Lonquimay
Dead forest northeast of Lonquimay. I presume these trees were killed by the eruption.
New growth after the 1988-1990 eruption
New growth
Drowned tree
Drowned tree
In December 2005 I went to South America for the first time. Knowing hardly any Spanish and still in my early days of exploring the great outdoors, I joined an organized hiking trip to Chile and Argentina. Our first hike was four days, around Lonquimay, a volcano that had erupted as recent as in 1990.

The signs of the eruption were still fresh. To the northeast, a long, barren swath of lava covered the landscape. We didn't cross it. In fact, I think it would have been quite dangerous to try, considering the extremely rugged terrain and sharp volcanic rocks. As we hiked around it, in various places the lava deposits had cut off small valleys, creating little lakes with strange colors. I imagine that minerals leaking out of the volcanic rocks were the cause of that, including some heavy metals perhaps. We didn't take water from those lakes.

The paddle points at Lonquimay. To the northeast, the large lava flow left by the 1988-1990 eruption has left a big scar on the landscape. Northwest of Lonquimay lies Tolhuaca, another volcano of about the same height. It's either dormant or extinct. The Lonquimay circuit crosses the saddle between the two.
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External Links

Global Volcanism Program | Lonquimay

Images


Lonquimay from the west

Lonquimay from the west

Tolhuaca from the southeast

Tolhuaca from the southeast

Araucacia seed cones closeup

Araucacia seed cones closeup

Wind action high on Lonquimay

Wind action high on Lonquimay

Looking down the western slopes of Lonquimay

Looking down the western slopes of Lonquimay

Arauracia tree in front of a small lake near Lonquimay

Arauracia tree in front of a small lake near Lonquimay

On the slopes of Lonquimay

On the slopes of Lonquimay

Succulents on the lower slopes of Lonquimay

Succulents on the lower slopes of Lonquimay

Araucaria tree

Araucaria tree

Lizard

Lizard

Lonquimay from the north

Lonquimay from the north

Lonquimay from the saddle with Tolhuaca

Lonquimay from the saddle with Tolhuaca

Araucaria trees

Araucaria trees

Drowned tree

Drowned tree

Lonquimay from the northeast

Lonquimay from the northeast


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