Telica, one of Nicaragua's most active volcanoes, has erupted frequently since the beginning of the Spanish era. This volcano group consists of several interlocking cones and vents with a general NW alignment. Sixteenth-century eruptions were reported at symmetrical Santa Clara volcano at the SW end of the group. However, its eroded and breached crater has been covered by forests throughout historical time, and these eruptions may have originated from Telica, whose upper slopes in contrast are unvegetated. The steep-sided cone of Telica is truncated by a 700-m-wide double crater; the southern crater, the source of recent eruptions, is 120 m deep. El Liston, immediately E, has several nested craters. The fumaroles and boiling mudpots of Hervideros de San Jacinto, SE of Telica, form a prominent geothermal area frequented by tourists, and geothermal exploration has occurred nearby.
The 700-m-wide double summit crater of Telica volcano is seen here in an aerial view from the north with farmlands of the Nicaraguan depression in the background. The 1061-m-high volcano is the highest and most recently active of the Telica volcanic complex. The Telica volcano group consists of several interlocking cones and vents with a general NW alignment. The bench at the lower right and the ridge at the left are remnants of older craters of the complex.
Photo by Jaime Incer, 1991.
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