Volcano. Pico de Orizaba

MaluC

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Took it from a moving car on my trip to the jungle.
Early morning, I was lucky enough to get this volcano without any clouds around, its peak is usually covered.

The Pico de Orizaba, or Citlaltépetl (from Nahuatl citlal(in) = star, and tepétl = mountain), is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America. It rises 5,636 meters (18,490 feet) above sea level in the eastern end of the Eje Volcánico Transversal mountain range, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla. The volcano is currently dormant but not extinct; the last eruptions occurred in 1687, with previous eruptions in 1630, 1613, 1569, 1566, 1545-65 and 1537. It is the second most prominent volcanic peak in the world after Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.
A regionally dominant peak, and in fact the highest peak between Colombia and the Yukon, the Pico de Orizaba is ranked 7th in the world in topographic prominence.
Six kilometres to the southeast of Citlaltépetl is the lower peak of Sierra Negra. At 4,640 metres (15,223 ft), Sierra Negra is far shorter than Citlaltépetl. However, it is still taller than any of the peaks in the 48 contiguous states of the US. It also has the highest road in North America, leading to the Large Milimeter Telescope at the top.
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