Christmas Day Mystery Volcano Photo

Here is your Christmas Day MVP ... points for identifying both of the volcanoes in the photo and why is this a good Christmas Day shot.

Current MVP Standings:
The Bobs - 3
Don Crain - 2
gijs - 2
Boris Behncke - 2
volcanista - 1
Lockwood - 1
Elizabeth - 1
Ralph - 1
Anne - 1
Cam - 1
gg - 1
Damon Hynes - 1
Marco - 1
Doug C. - 1

Good luck!


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cIxtacihuatl in the foreground and Popocatepetl in the background.

By Don Crain (not verified) on 24 Dec 2009 #permalink

Lets try this again:

Ixtaccihuatl in the foreground and Popocatepetl in the background.

By Don Crain (not verified) on 24 Dec 2009 #permalink

Lonquimay in the foreground, Tolhuaca in the background...Lonquimay erupted 20 years ago on Christmas...

I dunno, I figure it's a pretty good guess :p

By VolcanoMan (not verified) on 24 Dec 2009 #permalink

No doubt Don is right ... the profile of Popocatépetl in the background is typical, you'll find it dozens of times if you type "Ixtaccihuatl Popocatepetl" as Google image search terms ...

Lonquimay actually erupted 21 years ago (25 December 1988), but of course much of the eruption was in 1989, continuing even into 1990. Me being "picky" again ...

and, finally Merry Christmas to everybody!

Good Christmas shot? SNOW! And maybe Santa shot it?! LOL A beautiful picture. I think I can see the one in the distance as Popo. So who was up there to take it?

Yep, gotta be the summit of Ixta, with Popo in the back.
Looks like when I was there back in the 80s, except Popo was not erupting then. But, why is it appropriate for Christmas?
This is a popular time for gringos to go south and join many Mexicans on the that it?

that sure is a different shoot of Popo if that is the case,I thought the volcano next to it was dormat.

By Chance Metz (not verified) on 25 Dec 2009 #permalink

The only possible connection with Christmas I can think of is that Ixtaccihuatl is called the "White Lady" which might be construed as Mary. But I always thought it was discriptive of some Native American woman from the local legends.

By Lynn David (not verified) on 25 Dec 2009 #permalink

As for the Christmas thing... it must be that the two volcanoes in the picture are the southernmost snowy peaks in North America, which gives Santa and the reindeer a cool spot to rest because they won't see another snowy peak on their way south until the get to Colombia. :) Yeah... that's gotta be it!

By Don Crain (not verified) on 25 Dec 2009 #permalink

I defer to the experts on identification..but if a Christmas connection was a clue, I'd have said Chile's Lonquimay would have been a good bet, its last eruption started on December 25 1988...which would have made the eroded peak in the foreground Tolhuaca (sp?)

"Then one foggy Christmas day"

Make that "Christmas Eve"

Well, the Christmas clue makes little or no sense unless it's the Navidad crater on the side of Lonquimay (so the cone in background would be Lonquimay itself, or just possibly Llaima) - but it must have been taken after a snowstorm because there ain't that much snow in most pics of Navidad.

By Brisbane Jack (not verified) on 27 Dec 2009 #permalink

I am assuming that the lack of a response from Erik means that nobody's right I will guess again:

Sabancaya (foreground)
Nevado Ampato (background)

And it's Christmassy because Sabancaya awoke from dormancy in December of 1986. It's a stretch, a lot less Christmassy than the Lonquimay eruption, but it's the best I've got.

By VolcanoMan (not verified) on 27 Dec 2009 #permalink

McLoughlin and Shasta?

Idon't know the answer, but sure is not Lonquimay and Tolhuaca. The first is a very conical volcano, and it don´t look at this (and the most important, I'm from Chile and a I know the shapes of the volcanoes [if it is I have to meditate 5 years in the Himalaya]).

I will guess about why is relationated to Christmas: Erik (or another person) took the photo on Christmas and pat the day there.

By Guillermo (not verified) on 27 Dec 2009 #permalink

The rugged surface of the foreground peak might be the top of a dome, which would offer several possible 'pairs', eg St Helens (photographed from the caldera rim) and Hood or Rainier, but I can't think of a Christmas connection

I'm going to guess that this shot is from the rim of Redoubt above the lava dome, looking towards Iliamna. Can't figure out what the Christmas angle might be, though.

I am going to take a wild guess...a real loooong shot.

Lassen and Shasta?

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