La Yeguada volcanic complex in the Republic of Panama: an assessment of the geologic hazards using 40ar/ 39 ar geochronology

La Yeguada volcanic complex is one of three Quaternary volcanic centers in Panama. To assess potential geologic hazards, new samples were analyzed using argon analysis (40Ar/ 39 Ar ), and obtained the following: the most recent eruption occurred approximately 32,000 years ago at the Media Luna cinde...

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Autores Principales: Knutsen, Karinne L., Rose, William I., Jicha, Brian
Formato: Artículo
Idioma: Inglés
Publicado: Universidad de Costa Rica 2011
Acceso en línea: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/geologica/article/view/13100
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/22580
Sumario: La Yeguada volcanic complex is one of three Quaternary volcanic centers in Panama. To assess potential geologic hazards, new samples were analyzed using argon analysis (40Ar/ 39 Ar ), and obtained the following: the most recent eruption occurred approximately 32,000 years ago at the Media Luna cinder cone; the youngest dated eruption from the main dome complex occurred 357 ± 19 ka, producing the Castillo dome unit; Cerro Picacho, a separate dacite dome 1.5 km east of the main complex is 4.47 ± 0.23 Ma; and the El Satro Pyroclastic Flow unit surrounds the northern portion of the volcanic complex is 11.26 ± 0.17 Ma. No Holocene (10,000 years ago to present) activity is recorded at the La Yeguada volcanic complex and therefore, it is unlikely to produce another eruption. The main geologic hazard at the La Yeguada volcanic complex is from landslides coming off the many steep slopes. Keywords: La Yeguada volcano, Panama volcanism, Media Luna cinder cone.