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hard to believe that the Cotopaxi volcano is more than 5800m (about 19,300 feet) high and was happily throwing snow and hale at us just a week before this particular photo was taken. I'm sure it was trying to impress that it has one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world - you can see the snow cap that starts at the height of 5,000 metres. but in this photo we had obviously caught the mountain off guard and it was hastily wrapping in clouds.

Cotopaxi has an almost symmetrical cone that rises from a highland plain of about 3,800 metres with a width at its base of about 23 kilometres. Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, and there have been more than 50 eruptions since 1738. the 1877 eruption melted snow and ice on the summit, which produced mudflows that traveled 60 miles (100 km) from the volcano. the most recent eruption of Cotopaxi ended in 1904, but there was an increase in steam emissions, melting snow, and small earthquakes in 1975-1976. we were told that Cotopaxi is getting active again, and the clouds trapped in the valeys certainly look like steam rising from the side of the mountain. that's cheating!

loosely translated from the Quechua, Cotopaxi means "Smooth Neck of the Moon".

similar photo by zmey is included among the featured photos taken in Ecuador on www.travellerspoint.com

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