Embedded in the northern borderline between Argentina and Chile lies El Solo, also known as Cerro Solo, a large startovolcano composed of nine eruptive centers. Light-colored rhydodacitic pyroclastic-flow deposit lie atop the stratovolcano in the Ojos del Salado region. A light blanket of snow caps the summit of El Solo as well. It juts more than 6190 meters into the sky and is the sight of major pyroclastic flows that flow into adjacent valleys as well as holocene eruptions. It’s massive structure and beauty are emanate, however, its activity is virtually nonexistent. It’s last recorded eruption is completely unknown and the stratovolcano remains positively quiescent.
March 2, 2011